Graham’s Vivian Maiers Tribute, London Style

You may have heard the story of Vivian Maiers, the street photographer whose brilliance was discovered only after her death. It started when John Maloof bid for a box of her negatives at a Chicago auction and started to uncover some stunning images. She left 100,000 negatives behind, like this one:

Vanity Fair wrote that Maier’s work was a “starkly moving reminder of how powerfully we all experience our lives, largely in isolation.”

She was fascinated by the people who lived on the margins of city society, the homeless and the elderly, and she captured them on film, a secret obsession of a carer with a very private life who was without family or lovers.

In 2011, the Guardian ran an article on her, writing that “The people that remember Maier – the Chicago families for whom she worked as a nanny in the 1950s and 1960s – recall a reclusive, eccentric individual, one who spoke in a thick French accent and wore a heavy overcoat and hat even in the height of summer.”

Graham F Kerr, my favourite Camden photographer, started a tribute group on Flickr dedicated to photographs in the style of Vivian Maiers. He’s given me permission to share the following shots of his own that were inspired by her work, life and vision.

If you liked these, check out some of Graham’s other work I’ve featured on LLO. Add your own London photos to the Flickr pool for a chance to be featured.

Checking in with Graham F Kerr

Graham’s photography has always been up there on my list of favourites to share on LLO. It’s time we check it and see what he’s been up to while I’ve been away, don’t you think? Ladies and Gents: Graham F. Kerr, fabulous photographer of Camden Town.

More from Graham in a while. If you want to look back into the Graham archives, here’s a list of past posts. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Bikes Not Bombs

An incredible number of creative people live in London. It seems to be a magnetic centre for artistic souls or maybe the nature of the city drags it out of people, this need for individuality and expression. It’s probably a bit of both.

Either way, it makes walking around the city a bit magical when you spot little things that someone has done, little creative “improvements”.

This bike was leaning against the edge of the canal that runs through Camden Market. I leaned down to take this shot and it turns out the guy who owned it was standing there. He noticed me and said, “You like it?”
“I love it. Where did you get all the stamps?”
“You can just order big bags of them off eBay.”
“It’s great! Well done.”
“I’m here every Saturday to show it off,” he smiled jokingly and went on digging into his tin of whatever yummy market food looked good that day.

Bikes Not Bombs