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Vivian Maier, admirável fotógrafa!

janeiro 12, 2011

La niñera reportera

La historia está llena de casualidades, de situaciones especiales que sacar a la luz cosas que de otra forma se perderían para siempre. Algo así ha pasado con la fotógrafa Vivian Maier, una refugiada judía francesa, nacida el 1 de febrero de 1926 y que llegó a Estados Unidos en la posguerra, en la década de 1950. Probablemente llegó a Nueva York, ya que hay fotografías suyas de esa época de esta ciudad, y posteriormente se trasladó a Chicago hasta su muerte, el 21 de abril de 2009.
La historia comienza en 2007, cuando un agente literario aficionado a las antigüedades y a la fotografía, John Maloof, asiste a una subasta de muebles y objetos antiguos. Por 400 dólares compra un lote de esas cajas típicas para guardar cosas en el trastero, con su contenido incluido. Se subastaban junto con otras pertenencias del mismo dueño, ya que no pagaba el alquiler y nadie se presentaba a reclamarlas. Una práctica muy común en los EE.UU.
Maloof se encontró con la sorpresa de una caja con 30.000 negativos y carretes aún sin revelar. Empezó entonces un estudio minucioso de los negativos y, al comprobar la calidad de las imágenes, decidió comprar el resto de cajas. Con lo que ha logrado reunir cerca de 100.000 negativos y entre 20.000 y 30.000 fotografías que todavía estaban en sus rollos. Las mayoría de las imágenes han sido captadas en Chicago en los años 60 y 70 por una niñera llamada Vivian Maier, y a  a vista de su calidad, está convirtiéndose en una de las fotógrafas callejeras más grandes del siglo 20.

The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier
One day in late April 2009, more than a year after he bought that first box at RPN, Maloof got a break. He found an envelope from a photo lab buried in one of the boxes. Scribbled in pencil was a name: Vivian Maier. One hit from a Google search linked to an item from the Chicago Tribune that had been posted just days before. It was the paid death notice for an 83-year-old woman: “Vivian Maier, proud native of France and Chicago resident for the last 50 years died peacefully on Monday. Second mother to John, Lane and Matthew. A free and kindred spirit who magically touched the lives of all who knew her. Always ready to give her advice, opinion or a helping hand. Movie critic and photographer extraordinaire. A truly special person who will be sorely missed but whose long and wonderful life we all celebrate and will always remember.”
After a call to the Tribune left him with a faulty address and a disconnected phone number, Maloof didn’t know where to turn. In the meantime, though, he started displaying Maier’s work on a blog, vivianmaier.com. Then, in October 2009, he linked to the blog on Flickr, the photo-sharing website, and posted a question about Maier’s pictures on a discussion board devoted to street photography: “What do I do with this stuff (other than giving it to you)?”

VIVIAN MAIER – HER DISCOVERED WORK
It’s still hard to grasp how quickly appreciation has grown for Vivian’s work. Efforts to assure a lasting recognition for Vivian Maier’s art are at an important juncture right now. To this end, we have begun with the creation of a documentary film about her amazing story.

New Street Photography, 60 Years Old
Vivian Maier, evidently one of America’s more insightful street photographers, has at last been discovered. The release of every fresh image on the Web causes a sensation among the growing legion of her admirers. (Frankly, Lens is late to the table.) Ms. Maier’s streetscapes manage simultaneously to capture a redolent sense of place and the paradoxical moments that give the city its jazz, while elevating and dignifying the people in her frames — vulnerable, noble, defeated, proud, fragile, tender and often quite funny. Harry Callahan is just one of the masters with whom Ms. Maier is already being compared.


Fotos © Vivian Maier

Bônus…

Danilo Siqueira do Letsvamos também viu Vivian na rede.

ADDENDUS

Passeando pelos rascunhos de notas do Pictura Pixel, vi que o amigo Felipe Christ já tinha me mandado há muito tempo, o site da Vivian Maier.
Erro corrigido, Felipe está aqui devidamente creditado.
Josefina pede desculpas pela nossa falha que não é de São Paulo, mas sim daqui dessa Barcelona.

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