I have to ask you this.. have you ever considered the commitment needed to take 10,000 rolls of 120 film, and expose them all??
I think you are missing a very simple logistical , financial and physical action that this woman took.
I would really like a measured response about how you would go about this simple task?
I have made over 100,000 thousand prints, it took me my career.
I would be interested to know whether you have come any where close to Vivian's production.
please do not include family vacations on your cell phone, but a real concentrated body of work effort.
Her pictures should stand on their own. Are they interesting? Do they make you stop and examine what's going on and wonder? Do they tweek your interest? Do they make you smile? Cry? Be happy? The rest about how many pictures she took, the fact she wasn't known, was a nanny, lived in Chicago, that her "work" should be handled by a museum and not by "profiteers", do not mean anything other then raising interest.
Do you like her photos?
I like some of Maier's pictures. But that doesn't change the facts around their creation.
I don't think we should accuse her of mental problems because of the quantity of pictures. By that standard, half the people who have high post counts here might be nuts too!
Mozart must have suffered some kind of mental illness, why would a normal person spend most of his life writing down so such music in so little time? Complete passionate dedication isn't it what differentiates a true artist from a lucky amateur or a reasonable pro?