View Full Version : A slice of Chicago life (1950's to 1970's)

10-11-2009, 08:20 PM
Just came across a blog about a long-time Chicago street photographer named Vivian Maier (1950's to 1970's), apparently someone purchased her negatives at her estate sale (she passed away in April of this year), and he has started a blog to reveal her photos which have probably never been seen before... The new owner of the images is even still developing rolls of film he found that were never developed!


There are currently three pages of photos (the blog is being updated often), just click on <span style="font-style: italic">older posts</span> on the bottom of the page... And there are some great photos there which I'm sure will trigger some memories for anyone...

10-11-2009, 08:34 PM
Those are neat even though I not from Chicago. Yes, there are other towns in Illinois.

What are the rules about taking people's pictures when they are out in public?

10-11-2009, 08:48 PM
Great photo's too bad she never got to see them on the net.
B&amp;W in my humble opinion brings out the essence of the period in which the photo's were taken... I like them!

10-11-2009, 08:54 PM
What are the rules about taking people's pictures when they are out in public?

<span style="font-weight: bold">Back in those days</span> street photography had no rules about it whatsoever... <span style="font-weight: bold">These days?</span> there is great debate amongst photographers and non-photographers about the answer to the question... And beyond that, people on either side could go on for hours and never resolve the debate... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

10-12-2009, 05:48 AM
Very nice! I love to look at the old black and white photos. Somewhere, in a cardboard box, I have about 40/50 pounds of them. I should scan them and put them on a disc. Probably take a month or two. https://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g273/PJ161/A-Icons/confused0009.gif

10-12-2009, 09:28 AM
Sherlock, here's something you might find interesting:

Frankencamera (https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113692571)


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10-12-2009, 04:04 PM
OOoohh!! That made me grin! :laugh:

10-12-2009, 08:55 PM
Sherlock, here's something you might find interesting:

Frankencamera (https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113692571)

There are a number of techniques easily done on current cameras that do much the same thing, although perhaps with a little more work.

But I'm not sure I like this one much, reminds me too much of how they are trying to automate more and more of our driving, taking the skill away from the driver...

10-12-2009, 08:57 PM
"Majority Rules" James.

...I feel th' same way about "Autofocus". :smirk:

10-12-2009, 10:43 PM
The sixth picture is San Francisco's seal rock right by the cliff house and sutro baths, I thinks.
The building is itself a 360' camera, still exist.

10-12-2009, 11:30 PM
On the sixth picture I see an August clearance sale on the MGTD (rt corner)? Must be a California location.


10-13-2009, 09:55 AM
It appears to be the 8th picture now....actually the 9th picture if you include Vivian. The picture of the ocean with the small building on the cliff with the writing on the side faintly spelling "camera" on it....hope this helps.

Further aid to Paul: The photo is posted Sunday, October 4,
2009. Posted by John @ 2:33PM. The second fuzzy word on the building is "obscura". I assume that Vivian, being a photographer, found the building interesting. Having lived several blocks up on Geary, in the Sunset, in SF...this is a California picture. (Google: Cliff House, SF)

10-13-2009, 09:59 AM
Very nice, Sherlock. Some of it reminds me of Robert Frank's work.