Imagine this : perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.

John began to develop the negatives and it didn’t take long before he realised that these were no ordinary street snapshots from the 50′s and 60′s — these pictures were a lot more then that. Maier’s work is particularly evocative for those who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s because she seemed to stare deep into the soul of the time and preserve the everyday experience of the people. She ventured outside the comfortable homes and picturesque residential neighborhoods of her employers to document all segments of life in and around the big city.

He embarked on a journey to find the legend who took these beautiful pictures and he quickly discovered her name: Vivien Maier.

Self-portrait of Vivien

Self-portrait of Vivien

Before he could find her, John discovered her obituary in the newspaper of 2009 . She slipped on ice, suffered a head injury and never fully recovered. She was 83 years old when she passed away.
Since then, the work of this mysterious and incredibly talented woman has turned the art world upside down. The pictures gained international media attention with exhibitions in London, New York , Los Angeles , Oslo and Hamburg.
John has also made a documentary about Vivien and her work – you can check out the trailer below.

Taken from webburgr.com.



Winners of the ‘Ecology in Focus 2013′ photo competition

The ‘Ecology in Focus’ photographic competition 2013 for up-and-coming photographers from the Czech and Slovak Republic was held for the ninth time. About 500 photo enthusiasts submitted a more than 1000 photos to the competition. The creative snapshots testify to the numerous aspects of the topic ‘Science For a Better Life’. A panel of experts chose the best photos In October.

Jakub Gráf (Grand Prix)

Jakub Gráf (Grand Prix)

On November 6th in Prague the winners of this year’s competition were rewarded by Managing Director of Bayer, Frank Held. „ We have been trying for nine years to inspire general public through the messages expressed in photographs within ‘Ecology in Focus’ competition. We would like to inspire especially young people to become more interested in the environmental protection and also in natural sciences and research. We are commited to support public awarness for innovations bringing solutions for global challenges such as healthcare, nutritions, climate protection, sustainability, renewable resources and improving the quality of life. That is why we will further concentrate on science and education support by our engagement in initiative ‘Making Science Make Sense’ under our motto ‘Science For a Better Life’,” said Frank Held
Winners of Czech-Slovak competition ‘Ecology in Focus 2013′

Category 11-17 years:
Special award – Ondřej Barcuch: ‘Electric Lines’
Special award – Sabina Hájková, image: ‘Don´t let the world lost its colors’

Category over 18 years:
1st prize – Roman Jaroš: ‘Recharging Sun’
2nd prize – Rudolf Štober: ‘Symbiosis’
3rd prize – Josef Malý: ‘Agronomis’t

Category photographic series:
1st prize – Viktor Sýkora: ‘Under the surface, Billionths of a second, Protector’ “
2nd prize – Ivo Stejskal: ‘Tailings pond, Limestone stone-pit’
3rd prize – Zdeněk Dvořák: ‘Plant selection’

Grand Prix 2013:

Jakub Gráf: ‘The future? ‘
More about the competition can be found at www.ekologievobjektivu.cz, as well as on social network www.facebook.com/ekoobjektiv.


SAM is inviting you to join project Daguerreobase. Daguerreobase is an online application designed to contain detailed information about daguerreotypes. Members can view, edit and store records of individual daguerreotypes and establish relations to other records based on a wide range of characteristics. This includes collections, owners, creators, hallmarks, housing models, sizes, materials and free text descriptions.

Joseph von Pasqualati

Joseph von Pasqualati

The Daguerreobase is intended as an non-profit research project to collect and generate as much knowledge on daguerreotypes as possible, to the benefit of all those interested: institutions, researchers, conservators, traders and owners, both professional and non-professional.

Some of the currently represented collections
Prentenkabinet Leiden, Museum Joh. Enschedé, Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Streekarchief Bommelerwaard, Huis Doorn, Dordrechts Museum, Fries Museum, private collections and others.

The upcoming months, Daguerreobase will be renewed and transformed into a multilingual platform to serve the public, collectors, collection keepers and all who is interested in (historical) photography and history, with daguerreotype descriptions and access to historical literature in at least 10 European languages. We do expect to have the renewed Daguerreobase operational at the end of September 2013, from when the consortium will continue to bring more data available and develop activities related to the daguerreotype, such as the launching of a 4-monthy journal and an online Daguerreotype Masterpieces exhibition.

Currently, members of the Daguerreobase project will start adding new records into this version of Daguerreobase. The project’s objective is to have available a number of 3500 daguerreotype descriptions by the beginning of September 2013. As well private as institutional collectors are encouraged to register as a member and to share their collections by adding records into Daguerreobase. If you don’t know ho to start or first like to learn more about the conditions of the Daguerreobase project, please contact us at daguerreobase@nederlandsfotomuseum.nl.

Renewing of Daguerreobase is made possible with the financial support through a FP7-program project of the European Commission. This website is developed with the financial support by Mondriaan Stichting, the BankGiro Loterij and the Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen.


Robert Vano Gallery offers new photo workshops with Robert Vano and Martin Ježík.

Robert Vano Gallery is an unique gallery in Slovakia focused on photography and movie. It carries the name of famous internationaly recognized photographer Robert Vano and provides a vision of training amateurs and professionals in the field of photography. After decades spent in New York, Paris, Milan and Prague, Robert Vano is coming back to Slovakia where he brings his valuable experiences and advices to the younger generation.

photo by Robert Vano

Robert Vano Gallery also organizes exhibitions of great photographers, seminars, workshops and discussions. Interview with Robert Vano can be found in SAM 03.

Workshops for the year 2013:

  • DAYLIGHT NUDE workshop with Robert Vano in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 25. 5. 2013
  • DAYLIGHT PORTRAIT workshop with Robert Vano in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 26. 5. 2013
  • PLATINOTYPE workshop platinotype with Robert Vano in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 15. 6. 2013
  • Van Dyke Workshop with Martin Ježík in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 16. 6. 2013
  • Wet Plate Collodion Tintype workshop with Martin Ježík in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 20. 7. 2013
  • STUDIO / DAYLIGHT NUDE workshop with Robert Vano in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 17. 8. 2013
  • STUDIO / DAYLIGHT WEDDING workshop with Robert Vano in Hotel ELIZABETH, Trenčín – 18. 8. 2013
  • STUDIO AKT workshop with Robert Vano in Grand Hotel Praha, Tatranská Lomnica – 31.8. 2013
  • STUDIO WEDDING workshop with Robert Vano in Grand Hotel Praha, Tatranská Lomnica – 1.9. 2013
  • DAYLIGHT AKT workshop with Robert Vano in Tomášov Castle  – 19.10. 2013
  • DAYLIGHT PORTRAIT workshop with Robert Vano in Tomášov Castle – 20.10. 2013
  • FASHION workshop with Robert Vano in Tomášov Castle – 23.11. 2013
  • WEDDING workshop with Robert Vano in Tomášov Castle – 24.11. 2013

More to be found at the official website of Robert Vano Gallery.



The CEHP in Bratislava announces an open call for photographers interested to exhibit their works in one of the galleries of the CEHP in 2014! The gallery will be available for rent for 250,- € /6 weeks!

The applications must be submited by 30.5.2013. Each application must be supported by:

  • Portfolio (description and images)
  • Author´s cv + e-mail address and telephone number must be stated.
  • We prefer to apply by regular post onto our address:

Att.: Michaela Bosakova
Prepostska 4
P.O.BOX 290
814 99 Bratislava

  • or to e-mail address: michaela.bosakova@gmail.com

The subject on e-mail or envelope should be: „Application 2014“. Each application will be considered by a professionals from the CEHP, the Slovak National Gallery and from the Association of Professional Photographers members.

There are certain financial needs, which must be covered by the applicant. All the further conditions will be sent after reception of the portfolio and consideration of the application!