Vivian Maier Print for Auction on Paddle8 March 17-31

Proceeds support Josephine Herrick Project.

During Women’s History Month, we are thrilled that a Vivian Maier print was donated to us by John Maloof and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

The print is up for bid through March 31, 2015.

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926-April 21.2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. She was recently the subject of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.

Changing the Perception of Women in Stock Images

By Kurt Wagner – Mashable.com – February 9, 2014
A picture says a thousand words. But Sheryl Sandberg and Getty Images didn’t like what those pictures were saying about women.Getty and Lean In will announce a partnership on Monday intended to change the perception of women in stock images used around the world. The two organizations have teamed up to create a new stock photo gallery called the “Lean In Collection,” which has 2,500 images that offer more positive and powerful perceptions of women.

The gallery, which launches ahead of Women’s History Month and LeanIn.org’s first anniversary, both in March, includes positive images of women, families and even men.

“The stock imagery around women is embarrassing,” said Jessica Bennett, contributing editor at LeanIn.org, the organization cofounded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “You can’t be what you can’t see, so if women and girls are not seeing images of powerful women and girls who are leaders, then they may not aspire to become that.”

Stock photos of women are not only important to how women are perceived in society, but they’re also widely used.

“Woman” is the most commonly searched term on Getty, and “business” is second on the list, said Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty. “Family” is also in the top 10 searches, she added.

A New York Magazine article from November compiled a slideshow of some of the most common depictions of women in stock photos, including women wearing boxing gloves, women with power tools and women stepping on top of men — literally.

Despite the images in the New York article, Grossman said that the perception of women has slowly shifted in the right direction over the past few years. For example, the top selling Getty image of a female in 2007 was a naked woman lying in bed covered only by a sheet. Today, the top downloaded image depicts a woman riding a train, looking ahead. “She really feels like the protagonist of her own story,” Grossman said.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/02/09/lean-in-getty-women/