Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...Maier, whose day job was as a nanny, took over 100,000 distinctive street photographs, mostly in New York City and Chicago, yet showed the results to no one. This is a startling posthumous discovery of a major photographer, ranking with those of E. J. Bellocq and Mike Disfarmer. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer (powerHouse Books, 2011), foreword by Geoff Dyer.
What makes Maier unique is that her pictures were made for no one, not even herself. They weren't printed at all. They are pure witness. She records but never plays back. Her pictures have no intention but to represent what her curiosity and her feelings demand. That demand must have been pressing indeed, to generate so much meticulous work."