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The new issue of INK (entitled “The Heat Issue”) is out and certainly worth the read.  Be sure to check out my interviews with  jewelry designer Sandee Shin of Armor Jewelry (page 13) and photographer/ homie g  Heather Noelle (page 18).  Click on the cover image below to scope out the whole issue.


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Underwater photography taken to another level.  Absolutely stunning.

(all images via Zena Holloway)

I strongly advise checking out more of her photographs and films here: http://www.zenaholloway.com/

A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon a blog featuring the work of street photographer, Vivian Maier (1926-2009).  What fascinated me the most about Vivian was how her photographs came to light.  I could explain it, but it’s best to read about the discovery from John Maloof on how he came upon her vast catalog of photographs.


I acquired Vivian’s negatives while at a furniture and antique auction. From what I know, the auction house acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to delinquent payments. I didn’t know what ‘street photography’ was when I purchased them.

It took me days to look through all of her work. It inspired me to pick up photography myself. Little by little, as I progressed as a photographer, I would revisit Vivian’s negatives and I would “see” more in her work. I bought her same camera and took to the same streets soon to realize how difficult it was to make images of her caliber. I discovered the eye she had for photography through my own practice. Needless to say, I am attached to her work.

 

 

After some researching, I have only little information about Vivian. Central Camera (110 yr old camera shop in Chicago) has encountered Vivian from time to time when she would purchase film while out on the Chicago streets. From what they knew of her, they say she was a very “keep your distance from me” type of person but was also outspoken. She loved foreign films and didn’t care much for American films.

Some of her photos have pictures of children and often times it was near a beach. I later found out she was a nanny for a family on the North Side whose children these most likely were. One of her obituary’s state she lived in Oak Park, a close Chicago suburb but, I later found she lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood, in Chicago.

Out of the roughly 100,000 negatives I have in the collection, about 20-30,000 negatives were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960’s-1970’s. I have been successfully developing these rolls. I still have about 600 rolls yet to develop. I must say, it’s very exciting for me. Most of her negatives that were developed in sleeves have the date and location penciled in French (she had poor penmanship).

I found her name written with pencil on a photo-lab envelope. I decided to ‘Google’ her about a year after I purchased these only to find her obituary placed the day before my search. She passed only a couple of days before my inquiry on her.

I wanted to meet her in person well before I found her obituary but, the auction house had stated she was ill, so I didn’t want to bother her. So many questions would have been answered if I had.

It’s amazing what one can find at even the smallest of auctions.  After attempting to investigate further into who Vivian was,  I read that she came to the states as a child and worked at a sweatshop for a short time later in life before working as a nanny for a family in Chicago.  It’s clear to see that photography was a hobby for her which would account for the countless amounts of undeveloped film.  Here are a few of my favorite photographs out of the ones I’ve seen thus far:











(all images via vivianmaier.com)

I highly recommend checking out more of her work at vivianmaier.com and any one happens to live in or will be in Norway between now and December 4th, be sure to check out an exhibition featuring her work at The Apartment Gallery in Oslo.

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