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The Author : Camille Reynaud


Camille Reynaud is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. For the past two years, she has been living in Le Havre where she has been exploring other forms of writing as part of a master’s degree in creative writing. Two projects have thus emerged: a first autobiographical narrative based on the model of sociological investigation, by successively going back and forth between individual and collective through the multiplicity of narratives and life stories, and the crossing of various documentary sources – photographs, court records, medical reports, statistical data, testimonies and press articles; a text/image diptych at the intersection of Vivian Maier’s work with family photos and her own photographic practice.

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Chronicle by Camille Reynaud
09 May 2019

Vivian Maier, The Color Work

Chronicle by Camille Reynaud

The photographs of Vivian Maier (1926-2009) met with incredible, international posthumous success, in part due to the mystery shrouding their discovery.

Although her American street photography only came to light after her death, the artist never described herself as a photographer, and would never have qualified her pictures as “work”. She lived off her governess salary and seemingly never even attempted to exhibit her photographs. Much of her film was never developed due to a lack of resources. Her work was discovered quite by chance. Near the end of her life, she could no longer afford the rental fees for the storage unit where she kept her boxes of negatives and prints, which were then sold at auction.

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