Beautiful Short Film Sheds Light on Life and Work of Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, Photographer is a beautiful short film about the life and work of Vivian Maier, the unknown amateur photographer whose massive collection of street photographs was discovered at an estate sale after her death.

In the summer of 2010 we were asked by curator Jeffrey Goldstein if we could create a short film using images and 8mm film shot exclusivly by the now famous nanny / street photographer.

Armed with a couple hundred scanned images and hours of digitized 8mm film, we began to lay elements out to gather a sense of what was really being reveled. This along with some investigative research played into a wonderful script and an energetic performance that hopefully sheds a little light the mysterious and life of Ms. Maier.

(via DEVELOP Tube)

  • Tavis Dunn

    This is awful. I could see the real Ms. Maier cringing over this.

  • Vikas Munipalle

    I agree. That voiceover is rather cheesy. They should’ve taken a few good quotes and used text in the video instead. Her photographs are beautiful but this film is far from it.

  • Tavis Dunn

    i agree 100%.

  • Melo

    I saw the story about her right when it came out. I bought a TLR Rollei soon after which I still shoot with. I have her book next to me and love her work… but this was lame.

    They should have just used some of her audio from the recording she made. Let the photos tell the story.

  • Dlc43

    I disagree with the negative moments. This is a beautifully made , loving and sensitive film. I bought the book of her photographs a while ago. The film created a rich portrait of her life, very endearing and charming.

  • Ivan

    Absolutely. I am following the story from the day one, and I was curious to learn more but have stopped watching this video because of the wanna-be-Vivian voice over, and first-person script. It would have been much better to have a voice over to tell the same story in the way used in The Genius of Photography: calm voice, shorter sentences, longer breaks between them, to give you time to think and look at photographs. This video emphasizes the narrator, not the photographer.

  • Henning Nilsen

    Flat out creepy if you ask me.
    I’d much rather enjoy her photos in silence.

  • Guest

    Totally agree. I’m sure they could have done this in a more sympathetic way.. this was just horrible!

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  • Scott W

    The images are beautiful, of course. The voice-over is very unsettling to me though, and not believable. I can’t help thinking, “how do the creators of this video know that Vivian Maier would say these things, have these thoughts, etc.” Narration in the 3rd person would be MUCH better, while keeping it factual.

  • Bill

    I agree with you, it is a nice film, a tribute to an unknown photographer that was discovered posthumously. Her photographs are in inspiring, beautiful and poignant. I have never seen such photography.