The woman herself – Vivien Maier – an enigmatic and secret snapper.
Her work was discovered by chance when John Maloof bought some negatives which he hoped would help in his research of his local area in Chicago. They didn’t, but he was struck by the intimacy and empathy in the photos. He subsequently collected the rest of her work (about 10,000 negatives) which he has archived and promoted.
Both of these ladies were preserved in Chicago, 1957, by Vivian Maier. Discover more of her photos here –
I love this – you can see the pretty little girl behind the wrinkles.
Just to balance it a bit, the same photographer also does a range of photos of the English at play –
Not quite as exotic to my eye, but it has the feel of a modern-day Lowry.
Hate to harp on about Russia, but really….
The worst of the winter weather is over now, I think.
Any nostalgia for the crisp voluptuousness of virgin snow can be indulged in the work of Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz.
Martin was born in Virginia, studied Literature and gained an MFA. Muñoz is originally from Madrid, started in Fine Art, but found the curriculum restrictive and left – “I decided to take my education into my own hands”. The couple met in 1993 in New York, moved in together shortly after and have been collaborating since 1994.
Their most famous, and prolific, series is Travellers; intricate Lilliputian snowglobes which are beautifully photographed with a medium format (Mamiya) camera; either the globes or the photos or both can be exhibited.
The immediate effect is one of simple, almost childlike prettiness, but look closer and the scene is slightly warped. Sometimes the details are comically absurd like the passing men, one doffing his hat, the other his head:
Others show desolation:
And some utter tragedy:
In a similar vein is their Islands series: