Finding Vivian Maier

[[I have done my back in so won't be able to be there, Nicki has kindly agreed to host it for me. If anyone would like my ticket please send me a message and I will email it to you]]

Marvellous Tuesdays - cheap and good.

The Guardian says "Seven years ago, a young Chicago historian named John Maloof made an extraordinary discovery. He picked up a box of undeveloped photo negatives at an auction belonging to a mysterious woman named Vivian Maier; later, Maloof tracked down a storage unit rented in her name, filled to the brim with negatives, prints and miscellaneous effects.

For a modest payment, he found himself the owner of a staggering, huge archive of street photography by a brilliant, undiscovered talent, clearly to be compared with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus. These were thousands of stunning images taken on the streets of New York and Chicago from the 1950s to the present, but never shown to anyone in the photographer's lifetime. This documentary shows Maloof's mission to develop, catalogue and publish this sensational trove, and to find out more about the unknown artist herself. Maier, who died in 2009, had earned a crust as a nanny to the well-heeled, dragging her charges out on long walks while she took candid shots on the streets, and also dabbled in Zapruder-ish cine film. Her humble job allowed her to roam, and perhaps her low status gave her a sharp sense of dispossession and even resentment. Interestingly, the pictures she took in rural France, her mother's birthplace, are calmer and gentler than the fierce images of Chicago. These are, in a sense, symptoms of her own mental turmoil. This is a fascinating study"

I'm really looking forward to this, a bit of dabbling with documentary film about which I know almost as little as I do about film generally.

Meet from about 6 in the upstairs bar and afterwards for a chat and drink in the Dorset.

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  • Clare

    I agree, loved the film and the lively debate afterwards! Thanks Chris for hosting this. Here is an article about the photographer I mentioned;
    http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11175339.Hollywood_stars_seen_in_new_light_of_uncovered_photographs/?ref=nt
    We'll worth a visit if the house is opened up again next year for the artists open weekends.

    1 · August 7

    • Chris D.

      Thanks Clare - it was good to see you and Mark. Thanks for the link, looks really interesting, I'll be researching into this more now!

      August 7

  • Jackie

    A very thought provoking film! Followed by a passionate debate in the pub. Agghh the power of film, and in this case photography!

    2 · August 6

  • Chris D.

    A really fascinating story documenting the discovery of an extraordinarily talented ‘street photographer’ who took brilliantly framed portraits, which were both voyeuristic and empowering. The BBC documentary aired on the same night, offered some interesting contrasting views of the ‘exploitation’ of her work, which in light of the long and engaging post-film debate is definitely worth catching.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0366jd5

    Good to see everyone and thanks for coming!

    2 · August 6

  • Phil P.

    Thanks Chris for taking this over! I was, and still am, in no state to go.

    August 6

    • Chris D.

      Sorry to hear that Phil - hope you get some pain respite soon! Thanks for the ticket, you missed a great film and a particularly long and interesting post-film debate!

      1 · August 6

  • Chris D.

    Seems like this film is very popular. It's been moved to the bigger screen (Screen 1), as of this morning only 9 seats left - so get your skates on if you haven't already purchased your ticket online!
    http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Dukes_At_Komedia/film/Finding_Vivian_Maier/

    August 5

    • Shahazhan

      No one mentioned pre booking tickets in the week oh well can't make it.

      August 5

    • Phil P.

      It's for you to decide whether or not to buy a ticket in advance. We put up the film as a friendly invite to people to join together. It's up to people attending to get their own tickets, either in advance or on the day. Films that are 1 offs sometimes have loads of seats free and sometimes they sell out, it's not something the organisers have any control of.

      1 · August 6

  • Chris D.

    Qe're all a bit scattered in the cinema -
    anyone who didn't manage to spot us
    we'll head over to the Dorset
    afterwards, come and join us there!

    August 5

  • Nicki C.

    I'm afraid I'm now unable to join u all on Tues but Chris has kindly agreed to host. Look forward to reading your reviews!

    1 · August 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to see it but won't be in Brighton that day

    August 3, 2014

  • Phil P.

    I'm going to be a no-show - if anyone would like the ticket I've bought please email me of call/text[masked]

    August 1, 2014

    • Phil P.

      You are the first to ask - I'll send you a text in a mo.

      August 1, 2014

    • Chris D.

      Thanks! :-)

      August 2, 2014

  • Nicki C.

    Looking forward to seeing u all next week. I shall wear a carnation!!

    August 1, 2014

  • Mary R.

    I'd love to see this but it's too early fro me. :-(

    August 1, 2014

  • David S.

    I am planning to see 'Finding Vivian Maier' on Wednesday 6th August - I can't make the Tuesday Meetup as it is on the same evening as my Film Studies Group meeting. I was impressed by Maier's photographs as featured on the 'Imagine' TV programme last September. Thanks Roxy for pointing out that the TV documentary is being repeated on Tuesday 5th August. I will set the recorder and try to compare and contrast the two documentaries at a later date.

    July 30, 2014

  • Roxy

    Unfortunately I cannot make this one either. Strangely enough, the Imagine program is on again on the evening of August 5th at 11:05.

    July 27, 2014

  • Cathy S

    Can't come to this as will be away but I saw a programme all about Vivian Maier (I think it was Imagine on BBC) last year and it was really fascinating and quite poignant..

    1 · July 27, 2014

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