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New Photo Mission: Finding the Next Vivian Maier

By Maddie - 4 min read

Now that Vivian Maier is world-famous we want to know: Who is the next Vivian Maier? Take part in our mission to show your talent and get discovered!

Until 2007 Vivian Maier was unknown. That’s when a 26-year-old real estate agent discovered her work at a local thrift auction and realized she was possibly one of the most talented street photographers of the 20th century.

Now that Vivian is world-famous we want to know: Who is the next Vivian Maier? Take part in our mission to show your talent and get discovered!

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

Are you the next Vivian Maier?

We are looking for the undiscovered talents of the mobile generation. Vivian Maier had a knack for capturing the average citizen on the street in a unique and personable way. Can you too?

Your mission

Get out and capture life on the streets. Create images that represent your style as a visual journalist of the current time, then add a black & white filter and tag your photos with Finding the next Vivian Maier

Pro tip: Vivian Maier mostly used Kodak Tri-X film. To achieve similar results we recommend using our Capa, Gundlach or Don filters.

Reward

The winning photographer will receive an exclusive feature on the EyeEm blog showcasing his or her photographs. In addition, 5 runners-up will also receive an EyeEm Goodie Pack with both a black and a white EyeEm t-shirt. Boom!

Deadline: May 1, 2014

How to take part

Simply take a photo and tag it with Finding the next Vivian Maier. Your photo will then be automatically added to the album.

If you want to add a photo that you’ve already uploaded, just go to your profile, view the photo and select “Edit Photo”. From there you can add the tag “Finding the next Vivian Maier”.

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

About Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was an American of Franco-Austrian descent who spent the majority of her youth in France before returning to the US to become a nanny. She worked as a caregiver in New York City and Chicago for most of her adult life.

In her spare time she became an avid photographer, and it is in these two cities that most of her photographs were taken. Her body of work encompasses photographs of a different era that was both more intimate and yet much more formal, including a rigid social structure—a subject which she often deconstructs in her images.

Check out the trailer for “Finding Vivian Maier”, a movie that documents her life and discovery.

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of Maloof Collection

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