Full Frame Foveon with functionality of a d800.
square format 35mm sensor digital camera....ideally digital autofocus rangefinder...similar to konica hexar AF.
StephenMcCloud: Boring beyond belief.
your an idiot
fad: I went to the gallery show in NYC.
The photos in the book are much better than the prints.
I'm glad she's getting all this posthumous praise. She must have worked very hard on her SP.
But I'm afraid all the publicity and the high quality of the images in the books is giving her a reputation she will not be able to sustain.
She is disciplined, but not professional. She has a good eye, but lacks the artists ability to be evocative.
Compare her to her contemporary, Vivian Cherry, and see that her images lack artistic resonance and professional discipline.
@ FAD - Are you freaking kidding? MUCH higher talent and sophistication? Some of the images look contrived as they are...and further more the don't move me like vivians images. AT ALL. And also the printing and scanning of the images done in recent times is crap!. I hope they moved away from the epson flatbed. That is a horrible option.
Silat Shooter: I have the book. I think she has amazing work and it well worth owning!
As others have mentioned here, there are plenty of Vivian Maier's out there who will never be discovered. Nice to see one of them found and highlighted!
OF course more work will follow...there is still soo much work to be done with scanning, its a time intensive process
Silat Shooter: Vivian Maier was a nanny for a rich family. On her day's off, she would go out with her camera and take pictures purely as a hobby. She never made any attempts to sell or display her work, way back when. She was by no means, wealthy or doing photography commercially.
The people behind the images today purchased a lot from a storage facility and discovered within the lot, these negatives and after reviewing them thought they had something.
So if the images are viewed with that in mind, I think you find yourself with a bit more empathy for her. She does have some great images and not all are of people in need. Most are of urban Chicago life at that time. Some have commented that her images lack professional discipline and artistic consistency but she was not a professional photographer. Just a 'weekend warrior' doing what so many here on this forum love to do, take pictures. There were a great many rolls that weren't even developed by her in the lot, and the rest were negs.
Whoever said her work Lacked Professional discipline is being silly. How many "professional photographers" out there have work that is uninspiring. She had a style...she captured brilliant moments, and she will be one of the greats of her era. HANDS down. All the professional opinions out there be damned that say anything negative about work that is truly brilliant.
Liberty555: I'm sorry - I like this site and am a die hard DPREVIEW fan-boy, but how on Earth is that considered a "Book Review"?
It did its job. It made some people aware of the boook that didn't know of it. I've been following her work since its discovery. Happy DPreview made mention of it. Don't be such a sour puss.
marike6: Her images always make me miss my Rolleiflex. The square format that simplifies photography in that there are less framing decisions. And the lens on that camera is awesome.
I just received a medium format film scanner. I can't wait to shoot more square format images.
Ceesprof: We have to be grateful, first of all to Vivian Maier and in the second place that her work was found and quality was recognized.
I absolutely agree. Her work inspires me. AND yes - there is a certain connect with the subjects she shoots that you don't see too often.
doctor digi: An odd ball who went out and took pictures.
Lots of pictures. Just for the sake of it.
Many she never even bothered to look at herself.
Then some people find her "work", publish all the exceptional shots (and there will be a few given the total number taken), hype it, and make a heap of money out of it.
I hope we never discover any more Maiers. They are just a foundation for others to build wealth on.
I agree with the review: go and look at this book in a bookstore. But don't purchase it - unless you can be sure your money will go to the needy.
Bothered at? Or couldn't perhaps afford to look at all those images. This isn't a case of someone shotgunning images with a DSLR. She went out and captured these moments...with perfect light and composition. She was eccentric..but that is what made her special. If you are soo quick to bash why don't you put up images you have taken to show us that your opinion perhaps means a damn. Its always the crap photographers that post like this. The discovery of Vivian is such a wonderful thing. If someone makes money off her images whatever, the person scanning and curating the images for the world to see has a lot of work ahead of them still. I am happy for all the work that has been down to showcase her work. These images show the world like it was time again. Keep in mind also not ALL her images were of just the needy she shot soo many different subject matter. Everyone buy this book, I have a copy I proudly display on my shelf and show people when they come over.