The Photo Subjectivity in Vivian Maier's Children Photography


  • Yurif Setya Darmawan
  • Yasraf Amir Piliang
  • Intan Rizky Mutiaz


photo subjectivity, Vivian Maier, child photography


Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was known as a nanny who turned out to have talent in the world of photography. She spent his entire life working as a nanny in Chicago and New York, United States. But on the sidelines of her busy life she photographed moments related to children in the public space. This research will focus on the pattern of photographer's subjectivity in framing the moment and representation of the photographer figure who is close to the child as the main object of the photo. The object of the research is limited to the work of Vivian Maier which has been uploaded on the website by John Maloof as the owner of Vivian Maier's current photographic assets. Through a qualitative descriptive approach, the construct of this research was built using text analysis methods (photo artifacts) based on the subjectivity category of the motherhood photo by Zappavigna. The results of the study show a conclusion about children's relationships with photographers who seem unique with the characteristic photographic composition of Vivian Maier. Children are shown natural based on environmental conditions through the use of good snapshot techniques. The representation of the photographer (Vivian Maier) tries to be shown implicitly, but still pays attention to the rules of technique in photography. Photographic techniques are shown through the use of compositions and visual dimensions through years of practice and careful observation in the field of photography. The gaze problem found in photos is important because it implies communication made by photographers to candid objects taken or through certain approaches.



How to Cite

Darmawan, Y. S., Piliang, Y. A., & Mutiaz, I. R. (2019). The Photo Subjectivity in Vivian Maier’s Children Photography. Sandyakala : Prosiding Seminar Nasional Seni, Kriya, Dan Desain, 1, 114–121. Retrieved from

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