Vivian Maier

For over 40 years Vivian Maier worked as a nanny, in New York and Chicago mostly.  During that time she also took over 150,000 photographs; most of which remained undeveloped until her death in 2009.  Sadly, Maier’s work has only come to public attention posthumously, when boxes of her negatives were discovered at a thrift auction house in Chicago by local historian John Maloof.

It’s a story that’s captured the imagination of street photography enthusiasts, and the public, and Maier’s currently the subject of two documentaries; one produced by the BBC, top, (if you’re in the UK you can watch the entire doc here) and the forthcoming film, Finding Vivian Maier, above, (funded by Kickstarter no less) and directed by Maloof himself.

No screening confirmations in these parts as of yet unfortunately, stay tuned…

Vivian Maier

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