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Vivian Maier’s Selfportraits, The Color Work


Galerie Les Douches in Paris presents The Color Work, the color work of Vivian Maier. The images come from the book edited by Lothar Schirmer. One of the texts is written by Joel Meyerowitz. Here it is. One of photography’s truths is that the best street photographers learn to be invisible or, at the very least, to convince themselves that they are. Over the years, I’ve walked the streets with Henri Cartier- Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Tony Ray-Jones, Diane Arbus. Lee Friedlander, Tod Papageorge, and some of today’s younger shooters—Gus Powell, Melanie Einzig, Ben Ingham, and Matt Stuart and we have all developed our own sleight-of-hand street act. We dodge, feint, twirl, two-step, and eye-shift our way through crowds and rallies, along avenues and backstreets, in parks and on beaches, anywhere that ordinary life draws our attention and desire. It is our invisibility that helps us get away with stealing fire from the gods. In 2009, into the well-established history of street photography flashed the unexpected comet of Vivian Maier. In October of that year I received an email from John...

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