Archive for ‘1960’

March 23rd, 2011

Death and Discovery: The Work of Vivian Maier


Men Must Change or Die

This is bit out of our time period, but if you bear with me for a few paragraphs, I think you will find it relevant to our study of how the effects of American economics are represented culturally through visual form.

The photographs on this blog are from one, Vivian Maier, a nanny who spent most of her free time chronicling the streets of Chicago.  They span from the 1950s to the 1960s, and are mainly confined to cityscapes of the Windy City, although several prints from Ms Maier’s travels are included in the collection.  What is interesting about her work is its pressing concern in depicting the reality of daily life against the certitudes of financial hardship.  There is such inherent humanity and dignity about her subjects, that even the bleakest of environs is helpless to erase the voiceless captions.  “I’m here.”  “I’m real.”  “I live this every day.”

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