Finding Vivian Maier

 

Day 15: 11/10/2017

Finding Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Oh, this was EPIC. You know how it is said that some things “find you in life”, this could be no coincidence that this man bought Vivian Maier’s sealed box of photographs – he has the power to give her what she deserves: he could make a documentary about someone who he doesn’t know at all, have never met and who he never will. He goes after her premise and learns that she used to be a nanny. So he interviews all the kids she looked after. She chose to be a nanny so she could be outside taking pictures. For a regular person from our century, it is insane that she has been that good and never achieved fame. Could she not approach anyone? Is it because she was SO weird that she had no one close to her? How come thousands of insanely good pictures kept hiding in boxes? This documentary was one of the most touching I have seen about photography or life – and the fact that she has been doing these just because she loved it, she found life in it is just mesmerizing. Also, the fact that she collected so many newspapers because it can be seen that she was interested in humans in their purest sense, that crazy animalistic being with a brain that is not behind any other wilder creature is just so plain and authentic.

 

 

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