The truth of these interactions isn't the truth of the sitter but the truth of the moment as fleeting and unpredictable as the expressions on his sitters' faces. If we take him at his word, his portraits describe neither Avedon nor his subjects, but their interactions, the way the desires, expectations and experiences of both photographer and sitter negotiate themselves during the split second of exposure, each enacting their understanding of the world through the opportunities of the moment.

— Afterimage, Sept-Oct 1995, by Vince Leo

Vivian Maier

John Maloof recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier’s film at a garage sale, and is developing and printing her film for the first time. She lived in and photographed Chicago during the 1960’s. Check out his blog for regular updates and new photographs by Ms. Maier.

Maloof writes that “Central Camera (110 yr old camera shop in Chicago) encountered Vivian from time to time when she would purchase film while out on the Chicago streets. From what they knew of her, they say she was a very “keep your distance from me” type of person but was also outspoken. She loved foreign films and didn’t care much for American films.

There’s still a good 90,000 negatives to scan and a few hundred B&W rolls to develop. Not to mention about 600 undeveloped color rolls. I’ve also safely archived over 3000 of her prints.”

If you’re inspired, donate to their Kickstarter and help raise money for his feature length documentary entitled, “Finding Vivian Maier.”

(Source: The New York Times)

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