Sunday, 30 January 2011

New print promo going out

Wonderful Machine are using one of my shots for their latest print promo, going out to 2,000 art buyers across North America. Which is rather fab.

UPDATE - you can read about how it was made here.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Check out the new Facebook page

In my attempt to keep up with the times I've finally gotten around to setting up a Facebook page - click on the panel on the left to head there now.

The idea behind it is to have a way of sharing more day to day things about what I'm up to. More significant events will of course continue to get posts right here on the blog, but if you want to follow along on a more day to day way about what I'm up to, thoughts on photography, and the odd iphone photo, then please check out the new Facebook page. When I post on the blog I'll include a link to it on FB too, so you won't miss out on anything.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Facebook page and hit "Like"!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The extraordinary story of Vivian Maier

Once in a while an extraordinary discovery is made, such as Robert Capa's "Mexican Suitcase". Recently another great photographic masterwork has been uncovered, but the story could not be more intriguing.

In 2008 Chicago resident John Maloof bought a some boxes of old negatives at a clearance sale, and in the process stumbled upon what may in future become regarded as one of the great photographers of the 20th century.

He originally bought them thinking they might be useful for a book project he was working on, but as he began to scan them in he realised he was looking at street photography of the highest calibre, worthy of standing alongside mid-century greats such as Robert Frank and Walker Evans.

Although the 100,000 pictures included several self-portraits of a woman, her identity was a mystery until he finally found a document with her name on it hidden among the negative sleeves. Her name was Vivian Maier, she was completely unknown to the photographic community and and a google search revealed she had died just days before.

Watch this quick news segment to learn more about her, her work and her amazing story:

The first major exhibition of her work opens next month and the Chicago Cultural Centre. I only hope it makes it over to London some day. You can see more of her beautiful work at John Maloof's blog.

All images (c) Vivian Meier / John Maloof