“WHY THE FUCK DIDN’T YOU EVER SHOW ME ALL THE STUFF YOU DID?” THE SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY OF VIVIAN MAIER

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Ever go to a flea market and find those boxes of old, brittle photo prints of anonymous family vacations, backyard barbecues, cars, farms, amateur street shots and allah-knows-what-all? Yeah, we love that shit, too. We’re always looking for the rare-ass hot rod snapshot or biker photo, but we’re always left wondering what the situation was that prompted the camera to be taken out and used to record that frozen moment. And did those people ever expect their photos to be rummaged years later by hipsters in skinny jeans and lumberjack beards at yard sales and swap meets, taking phone-pictures of their pictures to Instagram it later with a digital filter meant to replicate the original picture? The world is a weird place when you stop long enough to think about it.

Enter Chicagoan, John Maloof: in ’07, he picked up a trunk full of negs and filmstrips at an auction and discovered some fairly goddam amazing photography by a complete unknown. Turns out, some of the most important American photography of the Twentieth Century was made by a nanny nobody seemed to really ever know as well as the children she attended to. Sort of.

We’re not gonna ruin it for you – just watch the yet-to-be-released documentary trailer below and if you’re not as stunned as we were the first time we watched it, you don’t have a soul, kid.


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One Response to ““WHY THE FUCK DIDN’T YOU EVER SHOW ME ALL THE STUFF YOU DID?” THE SECRET PHOTOGRAPHY OF VIVIAN MAIER”

  1. I love it! I wonder if she ever looked at her stuff and thought “I really like this one” and then calmly moved on to the next roll of film. Punk Rock attitude for sure.

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