30 DAYS OF FANDOR, DAY 3: VIVIAN MAIER PHOTOGRAPHER (2012)

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Day 3: VIVIAN MAIER PHOTOGRAPHER (Tom Palazzolo, USA, 2012)

No, not the feature-length documentary released to wide acclaim several years ago—this is a brief, twelve-minute film told from the perspective of Maier herself, allowing her to explain why she opted not to circulate her work and instead maintain a life of relative obscurity. “Who am I?” the voiceover gruffly begins. “Why should I tell you? When I was alive I didn’t want people to know about me—that was my business.” I appreciate this dual approach, which allows one to admire Maier’s striking images and appreciate that they have finally been brought to the attention of the world, while at the same time insisting that that a creator should be able to maintain some degree of agency over her own story and oeuvre. As told from this perspective—written by Palazzolo and Jack Helbig, and voiced by Judith Hoppe—Maier slowly opens up and relates the details of her life, her years as a nanny and lifelong interest in photography, before concluding, at the end, “nothing is meant to last.” But then, even she must concede the exceptionality of her particular situation and wryly admit “the funny thing is, at the end there was just another beginning.”

[Watch Vivian Maier Photographer at Fandor here.]

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