Vivian Maier: Where Streets Have No Name
When the Irish rock band U2 released the song “Where the Streets Have No Name” in 1987, singing against the anonymity of divided and divisive societies, where one’s street address, accent, skin color, gender, mental state, or clothing can determine how we value that person’s life and her personal achievements, an unknown female photographer was taking what were probably her last images in the streets of Chicago at the end of a very long and prolific pursuit of a documentary practice. Her work can stand next to the greats of 20th century street photography. Her own name, Vivian Maier (1926-2009, American), ought to be included in the annals of street photography. She was an equal opportunist, portraying people from all walks of life, yet with the critical mind and eye of a politically conscious observer. Many of her images have entered our collective memory by now. Her best photographs will stay with us forever and will remind us about the humble nature of pursuing truth on the streets with a camera. It is hard work that rarely pays off. In 1987, U2 sang, “I want to run, I want to hide, I want to tear down the walls, that hold me inside. I wanna reach out and touch the flame. Where the streets have no name.” Vivian Maier has done that.
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