1. ariellecohen:

    Vivian Maier makes me want to buy a camera.

    Now you see why I love her work so much?

  2. lostsplendor:

    Beneath the Rails: Views Below the New York City Subway by Berenice Abbott, New York City, c. 1935/36 via NYPL on Flickr Commons

  3. kafkasapartment:

Wyoming, 1954. Elliott Erwitt. Gelatin silver print

    kafkasapartment:

    Wyoming, 1954. Elliott Erwitt. Gelatin silver print

  4. Film noir historian Eddie Muller in Dashiell Hammett’s restored San Francisco apartment.

    Film noir historian Eddie Muller in Dashiell Hammett’s restored San Francisco apartment.

  5. While the BBC documentary does acknowledge the various owners and researchers that have become characters in the Vivian Maier story, it falls victim to the same traps that Maloof’s documentary is criticized for: speculation about Maier’s mental sanity, framing her story as a detective story – a mystery that needs to be solved. Ultimately, what both documentaries reveal is that, in our culture, a woman who dares to wander on her own – in the seedy part of the town or in the world – is still met with anxiety and suspicion.

I wish people’d talk about Vivian Maier not as a mystery, but as an artist: we should talk about her work, celebrate it, publish it, catalogue it. The mystery is not where journalists and media people try to place it, it is why do her pictures touch me so deeply? And this has nothing to do with her backstory. This is purely about her eye, her sense of composition, this combination of personal vision and technical skill that makes an artist.

    While the BBC documentary does acknowledge the various owners and researchers that have become characters in the Vivian Maier story, it falls victim to the same traps that Maloof’s documentary is criticized for: speculation about Maier’s mental sanity, framing her story as a detective story – a mystery that needs to be solved. Ultimately, what both documentaries reveal is that, in our culture, a woman who dares to wander on her own – in the seedy part of the town or in the world – is still met with anxiety and suspicion.
    I wish people’d talk about Vivian Maier not as a mystery, but as an artist: we should talk about her work, celebrate it, publish it, catalogue it. The mystery is not where journalists and media people try to place it, it is why do her pictures touch me so deeply? And this has nothing to do with her backstory. This is purely about her eye, her sense of composition, this combination of personal vision and technical skill that makes an artist.

  6. criminalwisdom:

Supreme Detective Agency New York City, circa 1943. Photo by Weegee. (Via ckck)

    criminalwisdom:

    Supreme Detective Agency
    New York City, circa 1943.
    Photo by Weegee. (Via ckck)

  7. retronewyork:

Brooklyn Bridge 1946
photo by Arthur Leipzig

    retronewyork:

    Brooklyn Bridge 1946

    photo by Arthur Leipzig

  8. alexsegura:

Photo by Bert Hardy, London, 1949.

    alexsegura:

    Photo by Bert Hardy, London, 1949.

    (Source: 20th-century-man)

  9. livelymorgue:

    March 16, 1976: On a rainy day on the Brooklyn Bridge, a lone walker made the passage to Manhattan — and occasioned a caption writer to wax poetic, and a little enviously, about the fine view this lone figure was being presumed to enjoy. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

  10. hoodoothatvoodoo:

A water shortage in New York has these three young women washing their clothes at one of the lakes in Central Park.
New York, 1949

    hoodoothatvoodoo:

    A water shortage in New York has these three young women washing their clothes at one of the lakes in Central Park.

    New York, 1949

  11. bygoneamericana:

Under the El. New York, 1942.
By Marjory Collins

    bygoneamericana:

    Under the El. New York, 1942.

    By Marjory Collins

  12. howtoseewithoutacamera:

by Stanley Kubrick
New York, 1947.

    howtoseewithoutacamera:

    by Stanley Kubrick

    New York, 1947.

    (Source: greeneyes55)

  13. howtoseewithoutacamera:

by Brett Weston
Airshafts, New York, 1945

    howtoseewithoutacamera:

    by Brett Weston

    Airshafts, New York, 1945

  14. kvetchlandia:

Elliott Erwitt     New York City      1954

    kvetchlandia:

    Elliott Erwitt     New York City      1954

  15. greeneyes55:

New York 1942
Photo: Marjory Collins 

    greeneyes55:

    New York 1942

    Photo: Marjory Collins