VIvian Maier exhibition in New York


Some of you may be familiar with the story of Vivian Maier. It is one of the most interesting stories unfolding in photography in recent years and it all started with the accidental discovery of an incredible body of work by an unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. Incredible in terms of quality and the sheer volume of photographs. If you’re not familiar with the backstory  –  in 2007, John Maloof, a real estate agent in Chicago, who was working on a project documenting the one neighborhood in Chicago, discovered and bought a vast collection of negatives and prints of a completely unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. Her story is very well documented on the following websites if you would like to read more: Vivian Maier – bio ; Wikipedia.

Last Friday I was able to attend her exhibition in NYC. It was such a pleasurable moment and so precious. The exhibition will run until January 28th at the Howard Greenberg Gallery.

What makes her story compelling is that her talent is on par with the greatest names in street photography and yet she never shared her work with anyone. Photography was her passion and she lived it every day of her life and never sought validation. She didn’t care if she made money, impressed anyone or won any contests. Maybe that or maybe she was so unsure of her talent that she was afraid to show it.

For someone like me who seeks validation all the time. Who still expects to get A’s or star stickers for all she does. In my parenting choices, in my reading choices, who gets all excited that someone leaves a comment on her blog or Flickr stream…It is a lesson in humility and a life lesson that maybe I should do things for the love of it and just stop seeking validation.

Shoot for the love of art

Read for the love of books

Parent for the love of my children

What would you do just for the love of it?




7 thoughts on “VIvian Maier exhibition in New York

  1. Hi! True that we should do things for the love of it. I realize I need to question some of things I do to be sure I am not just spinning my wheels.Thanks for your sweet comment.Have a great evening!


  2. I’d still write, I know that. I think most of us want validation; it’s a human thing.This reminds me a story about a janitor in NYC who wrote a 1000-page book and stuck it in a drawer. No one knew about it until after he died.


  3. Thank you for coming by Wild Whispers today! What a beautiful post. I too, seek approval. It is something I am working on, but for now, I strive to parent like no one is watching. I know what my children need… I need to live it!


  4. Vivian Maier is one of my favorite photographers. I know she is becoming more and more well known since all the PR came out a few years ago, but I can’t stop looking at her photos for inspiration. What a great post about doing what you love!


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