Mother Jones has this incredible story in the May/June issue about a real estate agent who randomly bought a box of negatives at a yard sale or something and discovered Vivian Maier, a previously unknown amateur photographer whom I assure you will become known as one of the great and most prolific street photographers of mid-century America. She was allegedly well travelled as well, carrying her Rolleiflex with her everywhere. Can not wait for a show and monograph! There incredible examples in the Mother Jones article. There is also a blog run by John Maloof, the man who discovered her work posthumously, and seems to have dedicated his life to shining as much light onto her as he can. It’s an amazing story and my jaw is still on the floor at the notion that someone so profoundly gifted went totally unknown. She may be new favorite photographer. Sorry to even suggest it, Roy.
NPR had a piece last week about gorgeous Depression Era full color photographs. And they are amazing. That early 20th cent divergence when representational media went black & white as captured by photography and painting took its color into an abstract land of blobs and streaks left a hole in the collective memory that’s hard to color in. So it’s always a treat to see color from a period that seems only memorialized in black & white. These remind me of the late 90′s when UCLA restored and released John Ford’s full color footage of the landing at Normandy. Except with less red. See the full cache of photos at the LOC site.
I’m posting this three weeks after its event but it’s worth sharing and documenting it. It’s always exciting to go to MOMA. Well, usually. The kitchen exhibit was fantastic, particularly the Bauhaus and post war American graphic work. All of the gallery above is from there excepting the Louis Sullivan and the Rothko.
An architect friend of mine posted something on Facebook about her CAD being down and having to go back to drawing a whole bunch of circles by hand. Another mutual architect friend commented to the effect of “oh yeah? Check this dude out.” I did. The verdict is whoa! Check this dude out: Jim Denevan. Yeah.