Vivian Maier on “Imagine”…_Summer_2013_Vivian_Maier_Who_Took_Nannys_Pictures/

The incredible story of a mysterious nanny who died in 2009 leaving behind a secret hoard – thousands of stunning photographs. Never seen in her lifetime, they were found by chance in a Chicago storage locker and auctioned off cheaply.

Now Vivian Maier has gone viral and her magical pictures sell for thousands of dollars. Vivian was a tough street photographer, a secret poet of suburbia. In life she was a recluse, a hoarder, spinning tall tales about her French roots. Presented by Alan Yentob, the film includes stories from those who knew her and those who revealed her astonishing work.

Available to watch until 11:44PM Tue, 6 Aug 2013

Thank You

A quick update and ‘thank you’ to all those who attended the Photographic Archives workshop at The John Rylands on the 20th Feb – an excellent turn-out (over subscribed!) and some wonderful discussion and talks from speakers and delegates. This is clearly a topic of great interest. I’ll update again sometime this week with a bit more detail regarding the actual content of the day and where we/I hope to take the project from here – stay tuned! ……. For now, visit: for extracts from my own paper delivered on the day.

Movement & Event …

So, the slides for the time being have found a new home – in one of the basement rooms. Although this isn’t ideal for either access or preservation, it does at least mean that the slide collection is, for the time being, not under threat of being immediately disposed of. However, we still need to give good consideration as to how they can be integrated back into teaching (perhaps specifically in relation to histories of photographic technology) and the room itself requires some reorganisation.

The planning for the event with the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, is coming along nicely. Our working title for the event is Photographic Archives, Technologies, and Methods of Recording; each presenter fits under some aspect of that, whereby photographic technologies are artworks or research objects in themselves or are being used as a way of bringing to life or critically engaging with other existing archives. More details will be posted soon.