Finding Vivian Maier

The Vivian Maier Photography Project from Aaron Cahan on Vimeo.

The post below is from 2011 but I’m bumping it up with the addition of this excellent video of the project to archive her work.

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.

A more complete biography on Vivian Maier here.

Check out her portfolios including one of self portraits.

Chicago’s Freezing Fire

Chicago’s Freezing Fire

On Tuesday night, a huge vacant warehouse on Chicago’s South Side went up in flames. Fire department officials said it was the biggest blaze the department has had to battle in years and one-third of all Chicago firefighters were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames. Complicating the scene was the weather — temperatures were well below freezing and the spray from the fire hoses encased everything below in ice, including buildings, vehicles, and some firefighting gear. The warehouse was gutted, but the fire was contained.

Alan Taylor has put together an amazing collection of images of the ice-aftermath of putting out this fire.

Albany Park Theater Project

On Stage, Chicago Students Tackle Immigration, Poverty, Race

Jeffrey Brown did an excellent segment on The NewsHour last night on the Albany Park Theater Project, an after-school community theater project for high school students in Chicago.

The segment is deconstructed on their blog: Monday on the NewsHour: Albany Park Theatre Project.

United Terminal tunnel lights

United terminal tunnel

I was looking forward to photographing the lights in the tunnel connecting United’s terminal B and C in Chicago. I used to fly through there weekly but haven’t flown through in years now since I fly from JFK to LAX. This trip I decided to try doing it in two legs: Hartford to Chicago, Chicago to Los Angeles. Not too bad although I do miss the wifi on United’s PS flights. I’ll probably go back to that trip template for my next one but it was fun to see this tunnel again.

United terminal tunnel