Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

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Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
ISBN: 9780788618215
Branch Call Number: DVD 770.92 M2816F 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In English with optional Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned
Alternative Title: Vivian Maier


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Nov 06, 2019

Yes. Indeed. "Finding Vivian Maier" was certainly one of the more interesting documentaries that I've seen in quite some time.

Eccentric, secretive, enigmatic - Vivian Maier (who, besides being a nanny) was also an amateur street-photographer with an exceptionally acute "photographic-eye".

To me, the most surprising thing about Vivian was that throughout her lifetime she never once showed her photographic work to anyone (and yet her output was phenomenal). Yes. Vivian was so very private, and yet so exceptionally prolific.

Through interviews with members of the families whom Vivian had worked for from the late-1950s, onwards, the viewer gets a somewhat clearer picture as to who Vivian Maier really was.

But, the truth is, we will never, ever know the real story of the "real" Vivian Maier (who, sadly enough, died in 2009 in a state of poverty).

Nov 06, 2019

Excellent documentary - gives nuance (and darkness) to this remarkable photographer.

May 13, 2019

Absolutely fascinating!

DCLMEL Nov 29, 2018

I'd been waiting years to see this, after being initially fascinated by the story of this artist's discovery. The film was as fascinating as I'd expected, but also touched on some deep, rather dark elements of Maier's life that left me feeling pretty sad. Still, I enjoyed exploring her work and talent through this film.

Oct 14, 2018

I really liked this. I’m partial to documentaries. How interesting John Maloof brought to life someone that wary of the lime light. Sad. I thought it was shitty of the people that hired her not to take more of an interest in her well-being. I’ll bet they care more for their lawns and pets than people they entrust with their children.

Donna_R Jan 15, 2018

I have been wanting to watch this for ages, and am glad I finally did. Vivian Maier was a nanny who took photos on the street. Collector John Maloof bought some of her photos then went on a mission to find more of her work, then began to investigate Vivian herself. This story had so much to it, and was quite a moving watch.

Nov 11, 2017

Fascinating! This movie has everything I love - great photography, great story-telling, eccentricity, and a film-maker obsessed with uncovering the mystery of an amazingly talented and complex woman. Photography is easily my favorite art medium. I, like Vivian, compulsively take photographs. Unlike Vivian, I don't keep my photographs hidden from the world, nor are they so completely captivating. Mild-mannered John Maloof grew up going to flea markets and then going to auctions to buy boxes of mystery items. He stumbled across a box of negatives. All he knew was that a Vivian Maier had taken the pictures that he later developed. But, who was this woman and why hadn't anyone seen these stunning photographs? Maloof works tirelessly to scan negatives, make prints and find and interview people from Maier's life. She was a nanny. She took the kids out on adventures in the streets of New York and Chicago where she captured humanity as it presented itself to her. Maloof doesn't sugar-coat anything as he discovers things about Miss Maier that are hard to hear. Thank heaven it was Maloof who found Maier's work and that he has gone the distance in giving it the attention that it deserves.

Sep 14, 2017

Maier, in addition to her impressive work, was way ahead of time in her SELFIES: carefully and whimsically composed, her self-portraits pics put today's dumb narcissists to shame.

Sep 07, 2017

"Finding Vivian Maier" (2014 release; 83 min.) is a documentary about nanny-turned-street photographer Vivian Maier. As the movie opens, writer-director John Maloof tells the story of how by happenstance a few years ago he bought a big box of negatives and when he started to realize the astonishing quality of those pictures, he tracked down more of those boxes, found the name "Vivian Maier", and made it his life's work to do find out more about the mysterious woman. To tell you much more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Sep 07, 2017

This 84-minute documentary is part detective investigation, part photographic exhibit, and the account of the mercurial life of Vivian Maier (1926-2006). John Malouf infuses the documentary with his energy, curiosity, and determination. It is also a graphic record of the 'vanished' age of the first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the DVD commences with 4 promos for other Sundance Select DVDs which cannot be skipped!

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