Posts Tagged ‘photographie’

The Poser

In Photography on May 11, 2020 at 4:42 pm
Portrait of a gentleman in China on the Yangtze River

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.

The Water Mill

In France, Photography, Whatever on July 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

My cousin has a water mill in the Vallee de l’Andelle located in Normandie, France about 80 kilometers from Paris.  He had to meet with the “Police de l’environment” who are engaged by a European Commission to take specs on water mills located in the area to determine if the eel population can swim back from the ocean where they spawn to their habitats in the rivers.  So whilst he is talking fish and water, I am out with the camera.


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Street photography and “Finding Vivian Maier”

In Finance, Photography on January 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Last week I featured an article written by Nora O’Donnell for the Chicago Magazine. This week during one of my daily web explorations I stumbled upon iN-PUBLiC a website set up in 2000 for street photographers and fans where I found a recent item about the feature length documentary film project, Finding Vivian Maier. The  film unravels the discovery of Vivian Maier negatives purchased by John Maloof at a furniture and antique auction.  finding-vivian-maier-a-feature-length-documentary

After editing over 100,000 negatives John Maloof  is now working on producing a book, an exhibition and the film about Vivian Maier’s photography. Vivian Maier has the potential to become a female classic of the Henri Cartier-Bresson street photography era.  John Maloof and his colleague, Anthony Rydzon are now working with Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, to raise funds for the pre-production budget of the film.  This includes equipment, research, trips to conduct interviews and collect footage, editing costs for promotional trailer, and miscellaneous financing.

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.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to …

In Finance, Photography on April 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm

In early 2008 after much deliberation and discussion with my husband, I decided to retire, and to otherwise occupy my time. I am not sure how many if us have pondered on the expression ”timing is everything”, but as you will see, whether I did or not is a matter for discussion or another blog.     

August 29th 2008 my last day on the job, sorry let’s take a step back. In the Spring, whilst deliberating over retirement, I ordered several books, one of which The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm by Robert Brunner and Sean Carr published in 2007. “Why do markets crash and bank panics happen?” inside flap, summary quote…how could that not be interesting?     

Once my decision taken, I ready to retire and enroll at the Speos Photographic Institute in Paris, for the September Master’s programme.     

Upon acceptance I embark on the next chapter of my life, a long-standing passion to study photography. Fast forward to September, barely a few weeks into my new venture,  the first assignment in Visual Identity class is ‘black’. So, how does a highly analytic person take black and make it creative?     

By then I am reading The Panic of 1907 and  continue to stay abreast of the financial markets which future grows more ominous by the day. Dark clouds are hovering and a smell of panic is in the air.      

 “Black Thursday”


September 29th 2008, a Monday the French daily Les Echos says will forever remain engraved in memory like infamous “black Thursday” of October 1929.  The US bank crisis spreads to the European sector and international markets tumble.     

“Race against the watch to avoid financial chaos”


For those of you close to the financial markets, you may by now already expect where this is leading. We are about to record one of the darkest periods of financial history. It doesn’t get much blacker than a bank crisis. What have we learned from the market’s perfect storm of 1907?   There it is staring me in the face.   

“Timing is Everything”


 My black project…  

 I wait for the train to Paris in the dark, early one morning, and start shooting.       


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