Vivian Maier

Her om dagen kom jeg over historien til Vivian Maier. Hun var en kvinne som jobbet som nanny i USA flere tiår tilbake. Hun gikk ned i historien som en heller ukjent kvinne. Inntil en dag for noen år siden. Noen fant rundt 100.000 gamle, aldri før fremkalte, negativer på en auksjon. Det som kunne ha vært tilfeldige bilder fra en annen tid viste seg å være eksepsjonelle fotografier som illustrerer hverdagen på 50- og 60-tallet. Bildene viste seg å være svært oppsiktsvekkende der de forteller oss mer enn bare solskinnshistorien. Dette var Vivian Maiers bilder.

Hennes bilder er en upolert visuell beskrivelse av hverdagen på godt og vondt, og hennes portretter kan nesten bli for intime. Hennes fotografi-stil er genuin og sterk. En annen ting som forbløffer meg med mange av bildene er at de lett kunne ha vært fra idag, 2015.

Mange bilder er tatt på nært hold, noe som gjør at vi seere kan ta del i øyeblikket.

The other day I came across the story of Vivian Maier. She was a woman working as a nanny in the US decades ago. She went down in history as a rather unknown woman.  Until one day. Someone had found around 100,000 old, never before developed negatives at an auction a couple of years back. What could have been random photos from another time turned out to be exceptional photos depicting the life in the 50s and 60s. The photos turned out to be astonishing, telling us more than just the polished side of the coin. These were the photos taken by Vivian Maier.

Her photos are a rough visual description of the good and the bad sides of life, and her portraits are moving and almost to the point of too intimate. Her style of photography is genuine and strong. It also baffles me that many of the photos could have easily been from today, 2015. 

Many are taken up close, which makes us as viewers be part of the moment.

April 7, 1960. Florida

April 7, 1960. Florida

Undated, Canada

Undated, Canada

Undated, Chicago, IL

Undated, Chicago, IL

1956

1956

En rekke bilder er fra New York. Ettersom jeg for tiden residerer i det store eplet elsker jeg å bla gjennom bildene hennes tatt fra byen, bare 50-60 år siden.

There are also quite a few photos from New York City. Being a current resident of the big apple I love flipping through the photos taken from the city, only 50-60 years ago.

March 18, 1955, New York, NY

March 18, 1955, New York, NY

Undated, New York, NY

Undated, New York, NY

1954, New York, NY

1954, New York, NY

Undated, New York, NY

Undated, New York, NY

Det er så mange bilder jeg kunne valgt for å vise hennes talent. Noen traff meg imidlertid rett i hjertet. Som dette.

There are so many photos I could pick to show her talent. Some, however, really got to me. Like this one.

1954, New York, NY

1954, New York, NY

Vivian Maier fikk aldri den anerkjennelsen hun fortjener for hennes bilder mens hun levde. Kanskje det aldri var hennes ambisjon her i livet. Kanskje hun aldri hadde mulighet eller mot til å hevde seg som profesjonell fotograf, særlig ettersom hun levde i en tid der kvinnens plass var i hjemmet. Kilder kan fortelle at hun var en sjenert og lukket person. Var dette grunnen til at hun oppbevarte så mange negativer uten å fremkalle dem? Hvorfor hun aldri ytret seg gjennom hennes bilder da hun fremdeles var i live? Vi kan bare undre….

Vivian Maier never got the recognition she deserved for her photos in her lifetime. Maybe that was never really her ambition in life. Maybe she never had the possibility or the courage to prove herself as a professional photographer, especially as she was living at a time in which women´s place was at home. Sources say she was a shy and closed person. Was this the reason she kept so many negatives undeveloped? Why she never raised her voice through her photos when she was still alive? We can only wonder.

vivian_maier_portrait

Self portrait

Find her photos here.

There is also a documentary about Vivian Maier out if you want to know more:

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