Documenting the fascinating discovery of an unknown street photographer, a website devoted to Vivian Maier provides a glimpse into the work of a prolific shutterbug.
A nanny in Chicago — she once watched over Phil Donahue’s children — Maier had a hidden talent: she was a keen observer of people and a brilliant photographer. Real estate agent John Maloof brought her work to light when he discovered thousands of her prints, negatives, and undeveloped rolls of film at auction in 2009, and has slowly been sharing the treasure trove online.
View the Vivian Maier website, read a Flickr discussion about the discovery, visit an exhibition of the work at the Chicago Cultural Center, check out a second site related to her photography, and contribute to the Kickstarter campaign to make a film about the mystery surrounding her life.
Click through below for a gallery of images by Vivian Maier.
Photograph by Vivian Maier (1926-2009), John Maloof Collection, Courtesy vivianmaier.blogspot.com