|Not Vivian Maier|
I wrote here about the Vivian Maier phenomenon soon after it became known. I liked her work then and still do, but I have even more reservations now about the process that it has been subjected to. It seems to me that the subject has shifted inexorably from photography as art to photography as commodity.
Vivian Maier was a private person who enjoyed the process of photography, and she made some good photographs along the way. There is no way now to really know what she would have thought about the exploitation of the unfinished work she left behind. It may be that the biggest lesson to learn from all of it is to be sure to burn your negatives before you die.