Documentary Film: Finding Vivian Maier
This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.
The documentary will be shown at the Oriental Theater on Milwaukee’s east side on Friday, May 2.
Vivian Maier took some fantastic photographs and it is clear that what she did was very personal to her. I have mixed feelings about what has happened to her collection since it was discovered. My understanding is that most of her images are “owned” by mainly two people who have since been selling them to make money. Some would say if it wasn’t for the fact her work was found and sold we may never have seen her work. Some might say it is exploitative for anyone not connected with her estate to be making so much money from her work when she had no intention of being a commercial artist. I hope the film looks at her work but also takes a look at some of the more contentious issues surrounding her huge library of images.
I hadn’t heard about this film so thanks for the info and trailer. I will look out for its UK release 🙂 Cheers, best wishes, Mr Cafe
Excellent point! I will try to remember to come back and share how they address this after seeing the film.