Finding Vivian Maier: A photographic journey
Vivian Dorothea Maier was an American amateur street photographer. She worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago, IL. During those years she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago although she traveled and photographed worldwide.
Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof. For the sum of $380.00, he purchased from an auction house a box of some slides, 8mm films and photographs. What he had purchased was the legacy of a lifetime.
“A free spirit but also a proud soul, Vivian became poor and was ultimately saved by three of the children she had nannied earlier in her life. Fondly remembering Maier as a second mother, they pooled together to pay for an apartment and took the best of care for her. Unbeknownst to them, one of Vivian’s storage lockers was auctioned off due to delinquent payments. In those storage lockers lay the massive hoard of negatives Maier secretly stashed throughout her lifetime.“
Some of her street photography:
Since the discovery of her legacy, Vivian’s collections have been in exhibitions from LA to The Netherlands and a new Documentary , “Finding Vivian Maier” is soon to be released and sure to be an amazing journey, although many answers are yet answered. Who was Vivian Maier?
Take 2:39 and watch the movie trailer.. So interesting:
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