Last year I wrote a blog on Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) who worked as a nanny in Chicago, and in her spare time photographed the streets of the city.
I read in The New Yorker that John Maloof had published a book “Vivian Maier: Street Photographer” so I googled her name and discovered that there have been at least a dozen exhibitions of her photos in New York, Norway, Denmark, Chicago, Germany, London, France, and LA (which I’m very frustrated to say I missed.)
Below is a slide show of some of her photos.
If you don’t know the story:
When Vivian Maier died she left about three thousand prints, one hundred thousand negatives, and at least a thousand rolls of undeveloped film in an unclaimed storage locker in Chicago, which John Maloof bought at an auction for $300 without having any knowledge of the photographer. Because there were so many self portraits, it didn’t take him long to discover that the photographer was a female, though it took some time to learn her name.
“When I found her name written with pencil on a photo-lab envelope, about a year after I purchased the negatives, I decided to ‘Google’ her, only to find her obituary placed the day before my search.
She’d passed away only a couple of days before.”
Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago in the 1950′s-1960′s and on on Sundays, her day off, went out into the Chicago streets with her camera. At Central Camera, the plus one-hundred-year-old camera shop in Chicago where Vivian purchased her film, they commented that she was a “keep your distance from me” type of person.