Perhaps today, Vivian Maier would have posted her more than 100,000 photographs of everyday life in Chicago on Flickr or Facebook. In the 1950s, this was not an option.
Why did she take so many photographs when she clearly knew that hardly anyone would ever see them?
It’s always struck me that though it’s wonderful for an artist to be discovered and to have his or her worked shared, it’s really, at the core, about the process for the artist and that more genuine work is created. What happens after that is secondary.
Unless or course, you’re trying to make your living from your art, in which case, you do need to worry about sharing it and getting it out there.
What do you think of this balancing act?
There is a book of her images here.