My husband discovered this gem the other night while perusing some of his favorite blogs. We were instantly captivated by Vivian Maier’s photography and even more so by her remarkable and mysterious story. We flipped through photo after photo, marveling at her distinctive, mesmerizing, and frequently humorous depictions of urban post-war Americana.
Vivian Maier was a nanny who spent her free time as a street photographer, capturing over 100,000 photographs from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. But, she kept her work a secret, never showing it to anyone during her lifetime. It wasn’t until 2007 that John Maloof, an amateur historian and realtor, uncovered Vivian’s genius in a box of anonymous negatives at a Chicago auction house. She had previously kept many of her undeveloped negatives in a storage locker but had lost possession of the locker when she was unable to maintain her payments.
Now, Vivian’s photographs are being celebrated all over the world as people stand amazed by her incredible talent, intense privacy, and concentration on the often 'ignored' groups in society such as children, racial minorities, and low socio-economic classes.