Get Ready, Boys and Girls: It’s Almost Showtime











Here is the trailer for “Finding Vivian Maier:”


UPDATE: Ach, Ayun Halliday beat me to it. Maier and Darger, Darger and Maier:

Viv Lives!

“Open through summer 2013”


Two short news features have made WTTW’s coverage of Vivian Maier into a little trilogy.

You’ve probably seen the first story, from last summer:

The new material appeared last week, over two nights. The other important owners of Ms. Maier’s negatives finally get to flesh out the story and early results of detective research place her in locations and dates.

Viva Vivian

Here are some images from vintage prints by Vivian Maier that you have not seen before. Some are as small as 3×3 inches; any of them would fit in your hand. They’re not from the collection that prompted the blockbuster Cultural Center show and the book.

Go look at the collection, but ya gotta hurry. The Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery is above Dusty Groove America; perhaps you already know where that is. Read all about it at and contact me here if you need directions/encouragement. At the gallery, you might see Ben, who was so nice to everyone at the Tony Wight Gallery on the day of the AP “Power Walk In The Noonday Sun” field trip.

Here’s a little deep background on some of the work:

“Vivian Maier makes me cry.”

More exciting news about another book from Richard Cahan.

Team Vivian Update

The folks at the Gray Lady admits they’re playing catch-up regarding the saga of Vivian Maier, but they’re making up for that with a brace of posts. As promised last year, we’ve/they’ve only begun to scratch the surface of negatives in the newly processed film.

Pick Sunday’s NYT for the Magazine feature.

(Kelly, did you get a badge?)

Holiday Hedonism

Whether you’re reading this when it’s fresh, or whether you’ve come across it months after posting… when one needs to make purchases by a hard deadline, any sort of help is welcome. That is why we provide this service again during the holiday season. You be the judge as to which items are bang-for-the-buck and which are only to be acquired with one’s second lottery winnings. Let’s begin with the glowing items:

On to books. Books are always good. 

The New Testament of pinhole literature is (may we have the envelope, please):

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Next item of interest: the aforementioned101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White.

A book which has in limbo for 40 years is finally published:

The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan by Richard Nickel, Aaron Siskind, John Vinci and Ward Miller.

Another monograph we’ve been anticipating, for a year or more, is Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

by Vivian Maier, John Maloof and Geoff Dyer (hmm… didn’t know Mr. Dyer was involved; good).

Not enough Viv?

How about The Vivian Girls?

Perhaps you’d like to fill your freezer with things that are, um, going away soon. Kodak_Announcement-1

…or simply enjoy collecting an artist’s work in the fast track:

Personally, all I want for Xtol Xmas is more film & paper and the time to ruin it. (And maybe a $2500 gift card.)

Happy armchair surf-shopping!