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The Still Unfolding Legend of Vivian Maier

In Photography on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

If you want, like to discover new photographers this one is a must see article An Outsider’s Life in Pictures and Boxes

I referred to Vivian Maier in an earlier blog. when John Maloof, a collector, purchased over 100,000 negatives at auction.  She was then an unknown New York street photographer who had spent her life working in obscurity as a nanny.

The still unfolding legend of Vivian Maier has been one of photographic genius discovered only after a lifetime of shooting. Now hailed as a master of street photography, she spent most of her working life in obscurity as a nanny in New York, where she was born, and Chicago, where she died in 2009 at age 83.

In her later years, her oeuvre – more than 100,000 images – sat unseen in storage, along with much of her earthly possessions. When she was unable to keep up with the storage fees, they were auctioned off in 2007. After her death two years later, a collector who had bought one of the lots began to put her images online. Within weeks, she had a global following.

The latest chapter in this endlessly fascinating tale is the publication this year of  “Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows,” by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams (CityFiles Press). The following essay is excerpted from that book.

On the Road to Leogane

In Haiti, Photography on February 10, 2011 at 12:08 am

“Driving in  Haiti must be undertaken with extreme caution.” Needless to say this is not something they announce when booking your ticket to Haiti. The nearest airport for me to fly into Leogane, where I was going to volunteer with All Hands, is Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port au Prince,  37 kilometers from Leogane.  A shuttle would pick us up at the airport and drive us to base in Leogane.   Little did we know what it means to be packed like ‘sardines’.

My first introduction to driving ‘a la Haitian’. We pack in, 10 people in a van fit for six, all this including everyone’s luggage. Five o’clock, height of traffic, stiffling heat, air reeking of smells yet to be identified. The van is weaving in, around and about the sparse remainders of a road system, shop keepers sell their wares by the road side, dust swirls amidst the cacophony of bikes, taptaps and dogs. Roads are clogged with piles of rubble; condemned remnants of houses destroyed by the earthquake stand crooked with gapping holes. It looks like a war zone after a massive air raid. This a little over a year after the earthquake.

So how long could it take to drive 37 kilometers?

The United States built much of the road network during the U.S. occupation (1915-34) and many stretches are now in need of extensive maintenances; some bridges are impassable. In addition many portions of road have buckled or are non existent since the earthquake in 2010. At 1999 count, Haiti had 1,011 kilometers of paved roads and 3,149 kilometers of unpaved roads. No accurate mapping exists of Haiti’s road network.

Public transportation, as it is understood in the United States or anywhere else in the developed world, does not exist in Haiti.  Most Haitians travel by ‘taptap’ a form of communal taxi, moto or on foot. Catching a taxi consists of flagging down a car or motorbike, anyone, as there is little or no formal taxi system in operation.   There are approximately 36 vehicles per 1,000 in habitants. Roads are mostly unmarked and unpaved. Everything in Haiti is adhoc or unconventional in the real sense of the word.

So how long did it take to travel 37 kilometers?  2 1/2 hours

To put it more succinctly Suite 101 says, “Travelers who want luxury accommodations and transportation should not visit Haiti.”

Read more at Suite101: Traveling Within Haiti: Getting Around on Haitian Public Transportation http://www.suite101.com/content/traveling-within-haiti-a64610#ixzz1DWBj0N5u

The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier – Chicago magazine – January 2011 – Chicago

In Photography on December 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier – Chicago magazine – January 2011 – Chicago.

The most important thing to know about Vivian Maier is that she was a very good photographer, the equal of virtually anyone shooting on the streets of America in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.  Unfortunately, the story behind the recent discovery of her work is so compelling that it threatens to overwhelm the photos themselves.

Click on title to read article.

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