Tuesday, 12 July 2011

London Street Photography Festival

 I went to the 'Vivian Maier: A life uncovered exhibition' at the German Gymnasium yesterday, an exhibition part of the London Street Photography Festival that continues throughout July.
Vivian Maier's photographs have only just shot to fame; she constantly took photographs on the streets of Chicago since the mid 20th century, whilst she worked as a nanny. Despite her tireless work, Maier never published or showed anyone her stunning medium format images. She constantly shot still photographs as well as film and sound recordings from the '50's through to the '90's, where she fell into poverty. 

 Due to delinquent payments, her storage lockers were sent to auction, containing around 100,000 negatives and undeveloped films. These were discovered in 2007 by John Maloof.

"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 that inquiry on her."

The London Street Photography Festival showcased Maier's work in the UK for the first time, alongside the International Street Photography Awards Exhibition, which I thought had its space and aura compromised by the Maier Exhibition that took the main floor space!

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