May 20, 2013

Unsung Great Americans: Vivien Maier


"Picture this: quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children'€™s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone.

Decades later in 2007, a Chicago real estate agent and historical hobbyist, John Maloof purchased a box of never-seen, never-developed film negatives of an unknown "amateur"€™ photographer for $380 at his local auction house.
John began developing his new collection of photographs, some 100,000 negatives in total, that had been abandoned in a storage locker in Chicago before they ended up at the auction house. It became clear these were no ordinary street snaps of 1950s & 60s Chicago and New York and so John embarked on a journey to find out who was behind the photographs and soon discovered her name: Vivien Maier. -- Found at Auction: The Unseen Photographs of a Legend that Never Was


Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 20, 2013 8:26 AM
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Why is it that she takes a random shot and it looks like a million dollars, and I take a picture and it looks like crap?

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at May 20, 2013 11:34 PM

Absolutely the find of the century, we are so lucky as a society that these pictures and her story will be told. What a remarkable lady to document and what a creative person you are to assemble these. We are definitely the time travelers here. Thank-you

Posted by: james johnson at May 25, 2013 12:39 PM