Vivian Maier Street Photography Rumble


She may not be world-famous…yet, but Vivian Maier’s street photography has started to gain popularity among film photography enthusiasts through a blog that wonderfully showcases Ms. Maier’s work from her 40-year career as a photographer in Chicago, USA. If you’re an aspiring photographer yourself – or you find Ms. Maier’s work absolutely inspiring, here’s your chance to take part in our little tribute of a rumble because our Vivian Maier Street Photography Rumble starts now!

Photo by Vivian Maier

At a Chicago auction, Vivian Maier’s work served as a pleasant surprise when people found over 100,000 (mostly) medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and rolls of undeveloped film. All these wonderfully showcase Maier’s ability to capture everyday life in her hometown. Outspoken and a popular figure in the streets of Chicago, Maier took a lot of photos whenever she found the time. But never really cared to show her work to anyone and basically preferred to be left alone especially when she’s out and about taking photographs. Thanks to a guy named John Maloof who discovered Maier’s work, anyone can now view her stunning work through the delightful little blog that Maloof has set up for Maier.

Photo by Vivian Maier

Any film photography fan will definitely develop an interest in Maier’s work which is why we created this special Vivian Maier rumble wherein we ask you guys to share with us your best black and white photographs from your favorite medium format camera. In return, we’ll gladly reward FIVE winners with TEN piggies each for their beautiful Vivian Maier-ish lomographs. One of your favorite Lomographers, mephisto19 will serve as the special judge for this one-of-a-kind tribute rumble.


  • Prize(s): 5 winners of 10 Piggies.
  • Film/Camera Type: Any black and white analogue photo created with a medium format camera not digitally enhanced or manipulated. Please keep in mind of our street photography theme.
  • Upload Limit: 10 Photos
  • Minimum Photo Dimensions: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height.
  • Meta data must be completed (camera, film, location & 3 tags)

Photos and information from the Vivian Maier blog and

written by kazarareta on 2011-01-18 #news #competition #rumble #street-photography #announcement #lomography #vivian-maier


  1. anafaro
    anafaro ·

    Ups, I didn't see it was supposed to be only B&W pictures. How can I "un-submit" a photo?

  2. yarnlass
    yarnlass ·

    you know, oldschool

  3. vandal
    vandal ·

    it says upload limit 1 photo but i can upload 10

  4. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·


  5. pulex
    pulex ·

    what about photos taken with a medium format camera on 35mm film?

  6. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    I <3 Vivian Maier! I don't think I have many B&W medium format shots though :-( I've got some Lomography B&W 100 in my Holga 120GN but I don't think I'd be able to shoot it and get it back from development in time for the rumble :-(

    Good luck to those who enter!

  7. photohuggers
    photohuggers ·

    I just Love this story and Love her photos...

  8. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    hufff only 6 days...I wanna try but without an extension of the deadline it's very hard! however I love Maier pictures sooo soooooo much!

  9. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    What an amazing photographer and what a fun rumble but more time would be nice... please!

  10. pctechgirl
    pctechgirl ·

    As already mentioned, the article states an upload limit of one photo, but later it says 0/10. . .what's the real limit?

  11. adrienne-is
    adrienne-is ·

    what pctechgirl and the others said about the upload limit.... what is the limit? one? or ten?

  12. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

    Absolutely LOVE her work. trying to find a way to chicago to go to the exhibition! great rumble!

  13. vandal
    vandal ·

    don't understand the people who post color pics in bw rumbles

  14. kvboyle
    kvboyle ·

    I don't have many B&W medium format pictures, but I'll try and find one - I love VM's pictures and think about her a lot when I'm too chicken to take pictures of people in the street!!

  15. neja
    neja ·

    oops. can I re-submit please? all my submissions are color!

  16. panpriatel
    panpriatel ·

    Her photos are amazing! Really inspirating! Thanks for letting me know about this great photographer!
    I don't shoot street with medium format... I'll better load my clean and load my camera... Only six days to go!

  17. seesaw
    seesaw ·

    pleaseeee please please extend this deadline!

  18. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Yes!!! ^

  19. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Yes!!! ^

  20. myriam-l
    myriam-l ·

    this rumble is about "b&w street pictures in medium format", right ? just wondering regarding the submissions (pics in color, boats and beaches, people in bed and so on)...

  21. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    OMG will I have time to shoot and dev. a roll of b&w on my diana mini in just 5 days?!

  22. kboboland
    kboboland ·

    whoops, submitted color photos
    don't mind my entires

  23. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    Yeah, why so short? it'd take me that long to recieve the film let alone....... anyway cool that they have a judge that knows and hopefuly that would exclude him from the comp ha ha ha

  24. dogma
    dogma ·

    Her shots are really inspiring!

  25. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Ahhhhh I didn't see it was only 1 photo! Limit said 10!

  26. pctechgirl
    pctechgirl ·

    Can someone please clarify the photo limit?

  27. kazarareta
    kazarareta ·

    sorry - it's 10 photos

  28. ngoki
    ngoki ·

    aseeeeekkkkk/kewllllllll :D

  29. basho
    basho ·

    Sorry! I missed the part about "medium format". Darn! I've sent 5 pictures! & I can't withdray them!

  30. itsdebraanne
    itsdebraanne ·

    i haven't taken my cameras to the streets yet!

  31. violet_rayy
    violet_rayy ·

    ah i've missed it by 4 hours. :( Fancy a late entry?

  32. violet_rayy
    violet_rayy ·

    It's black and white and medium format!!!

  33. crstemple
    crstemple ·

    Ms. Maier's photography is one of the many reasons why I'm proud to be a resident of Chicago.

  34. tak00
    tak00 ·

    When do we find out who won? I'm new to this site and a little lost?

  35. maelstrom
    maelstrom ·

    Oh God, I've got the 666th submission...!

  36. mainstreet
    mainstreet ·

    Oh, This was a great idea to get that creativity flowing. I'll have to check (pay attention to my emails) this site much more often. How I wish I could be at Maloof's place to see that film being developed and help scanning. Now, theres a 1st prize - a week at his work place. I wonder what does Maloof's photography look like. I pray he stays healthy he sounds overwhelmed on the website.

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