Vivian Maier: An Inspiration to Capture the Everyday

A while back Afroz and I went to the screening of "Finding Vivian Maier." I can't completely remember how I found out about her photos, but her work is very intriguing. There's a certain feeling of mystery and simplicity that's portrayed in her work. She captured people in their natural state. Her photos were casual, but very beautifully composed. Vivian Maier seriously had an eye for telling stories through her photographic work.

Originally from France, Vivian was a nanny. She was an average person and a self-taught photographer. She explored the streets of New York and Chicago with a camera in hand and she wasn't afraid to get up close and personal when clicking the button of her camera. She was the best street photographer of her time, but never really shared her photos. "Finding Vivian Maier" was directed by John Maloof, who found many of her negatives in an estate sale. Vivian had left over 100,000 negatives behind and Maloof discovered her talent through these negatives. The film was fantastic and John Maloof was actually there in the end for a question and answer session.

A few days ago, Afroz and I visited Vivian Maier's exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. I had been meaning to visit it once I found out about it a few months ago. I love how the exhibition was curated. It's located in a small gallery at the museum, but it tells her story very well.

Vivian's Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera

Her work inspires me to take more photos during my everyday encounters. Through her photos, she made the everyday look fascinating. She told people's stories through a click of a button and to me, that's just amazing. It's a shame she became known for her talent after passing away. I highly recommend everyone view the film about her work and the exhibition as well.