I guess my opinion differs from most in that I find her work very good but lacking in the vision and uniqueness of the famous names she is sometimes compared to. I feel that her work almost entirely lacks the magic that catapulted these people from being 'very good' to icons. Its lovely work, for sure, but does not progress any further for me. I dont think she will be remembered as an Arbus or HCB, but will stand corrected when and if she is!
we are seeing here work now... keep in mind she was a predecessor or a contemporary of many of those we revere today as great... what would her impact have been were she known, her work exhibited, and thus honored today?
She will become the darling of curators in the next decade, certainly in this country, and perhaps beyond. Recently learning that her work has not been cropped or manipulated, I believe that it ranks with the best of the documentary street photographers, past or present. Her wonderful sense of humor and pathos, accompanied by a keen sense of composition and selective focus, results in some truly stellar work. A vision completely different from my own, but very well executed. Bravo to Vivian Maier!
Or for those of us a few hundred miles north, the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA will be exhibiting 32 of Maier's photographs on loan from the Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta. The exhibit runs from February 23 to May 6.