Finding Vivian Maier. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

There are a few different documentaries regarding the finding of Vivian Maier’s work, for this post I will be looking at the one produced by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. It has been nominated in the 2015 Oscars on the documentary feature category. I feel that this feature has a bias towards the involvement that John Maloof has had in the building of the success of Vivian Maier’s work. Yes he has had a major influence in the recognition of the work, however was it purely for the recognition of the work or to create value to it.

The documentary is a riveting watch. Highlighting the luck and intuition of Maloof to purchace the work in such a raw form. The shear quantity of work that is now available from the collection, and the collect-ability of it is astounding. It has to be said that without the work of people like John Maloof, in developing this identity of Maier’s work it could have been destine to be a statistic of landfill.

Vivian Maier’s work needs to be viewed and appreciated. In the documentary is is questioned whether Maier would appreciate the recognition that her work now possesses? Personally i think that anyone would appreciate their work achieving genuine acclaim! The question I think that needs to be answered is how happy a life Vivian Maier could have had if she had the confidence to exhibit her work? The feeling that I arrive at through the documentary is that Maier had some setbacks in the early part of her life, even to a level of abuse, sadly we may never know the reality of such a deep and personal lady.

i would recomend everyone to take the time to watch this documentary, as it is in a way a rags to riches storry, sadly though not for the original artist. This can be mirrored though the years by some classical artists that include Vincent van Gogh! If in years to come Maier’s work is is as revered as van Gogh, it can not be a bad thing. The way it gets to that point, and the legalities of the journey, will be an interesting process to witness.






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