Vivian Maier, Early 1950s (Bulger Collection)
Researcher Ann Marks has published the first part of her account of her exhaustive investigations into the life of Vivian Maier. Vivian apparently came from a dysfunctional family, with a drug addict brother and a mother who "appears overwhelmed by narcissism and lacking in maternal instinct—Norma Desmond meets Joan Crawford—with [a] large dose of hypochondria."
It sheds light on why Vivian lived out her life alone as a reclusive and secretive spinster, relying on and apparently trusting no one but herself.
The maternal side of the family was French; Vivian's grandmother became pregnant when very young, the father evidently a farmhand, which is why she emigrated. The Maier side of the family was originally called von Maier. They were culturally German but lived in what is now Slovenia.
It's a long document and I haven't read it all yet, but there's a shorter summary at the Lens Blog.
Part Two is due either today or tomorrow (Part I says Part II will be "will be posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2016," which can't be right, but it must be one or the other).
(Thanks to Jeffrey Goldstein)
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