Finding Vivian Maier
This upcoming film documents the life of Vivian Maier, an American of Austro-Hungarian descent who photographed & filmed the streets of New York & Chicago from the early 1950’s. She left a legacy of over 100,000 photographs & short films that was only recently discovered.
Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side.
Interesting bits of Americana, the demolition of historic landmarks for new development, the unseen lives of ethnics and the destitute, as well as some of Chicago’s most cherished sites were all meticulously catalogued by Vivian Maier.
Her sense for capturing the streets, & the people of these cities creates a amazing social photographic history of the times. In an age where we all tell our stories through pictures, this very early obsessive documenting of ones’s life & the places we live is fascinating for its mix of granular detail & eye for art.