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Vivian Maier

Masha Ivashintsova, de verloren Russische fotografe

Tijdens het opruimen van de zolder voor een verbouwing vond Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan in 2017 een stoffige doos met negatieven en vooral veel nog niet ontwikkelde films. Het was het foto-archief van haar moeder Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000). Na het ontwikkelen van de films zag Asya eindelijk wat haar moeder steeds fotografeerde en ze besluit de foto’s openbaar te maken.
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Vivian Maier, too good to be true?

The story of Vivian Maier (1926-2009) is probably many writers’ dream. Photos of an unknown photographer are found. She turns out to be an eccentric person, someone living in her own world with no friends or contact with her family. No one knows who she really is, as she changes names all the time. Her French accent is questioned to be true or not. While trying to find her, she dies anonymously. It is no surprise that the story of Maier generates lots of publicity and it won’t hurt selling her prints either. Just as it will be good for the amount of visitors to Foam Amsterdam, which shows the work of Maier from November 7th. With all the attention Maier gets, you start to wonder what is more interesting: her life or her work.
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