“I once saw her taking a picture inside a refuse can. I never remotely thought that what she was doing would have some special artistic value.”

June 21, 2012 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

Self Portrait, February 1955   ©Maloof Collection

Self-Portrait in a Sheet Mirror: On Vivian Maier
Via The Nation

"We can’t know the full story behind this self-portrait, or behind the many thousands of images left in a storage locker in Chicago. But we can look at the range of Maier’s work and see the tantalizing evidence of artistry and ambition, and we can look at the expression of the woman reflected in the sheet mirror and see her indisputable pleasure. This is no frumpy old bird woman looking at her own pathetic destiny. This is a woman who knows what she wants, who has chosen to do her work free of judgment and commerce, and who is in charge of the scene."  Full article here.

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