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The nanny's street photos
« on: April 28, 2011, 07:45:10 PM »
This site has left me utterly gobsmacked.

Vivian Maier was a nanny who mostly lived in Chicago, died in 2009 at 83. A huge trove of her negatives and undeveloped film was discovered a couple of years before at an auction, and luckily, someone realized what was there.

This is amazing artwork. Most of the photos are obviously from the 1950s -- the cars and the women's clothes tell that story. Most seem to have been taken in Manhattan or Chicago, although at some point she obviously travelled to Latin American points south. And there's a brief series of Paris shots.

There are a lot of them, but honestly, it is worth looking at them all. Some are unutterably beautiful, some very witty, all evidence of wonderful talent.

Late in the series, you will see a few photos where she is photographing herself in mirrors or windows. Very handsome woman.

Really brings the 1950s back to life.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2011, 07:46:42 PM by skdadl »


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Re: The nanny's street photos
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2011, 11:20:42 PM »
There's a Bank of Nova Scotia in one shot.

Some of these photos are mindblowing.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
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