Vivian Maier was a French-American woman who was born in 1926 and died in 2008. She seemed to be a loner who spent much of her life in Chicago, working as a nanny and taking some of the most extraordinary street photographs in her spare time. During her lifetime, she took hundreds of thousands of unpublished photographs. Following her death, a portion of her estate was sold to a young man who made this remarkable discovery and is now in the process of showcasing her work. Maier's photos are so candid and sincere. She beautifully captures life in its many shapes and forms. I think one of the most interesting things about her work is how she has captured societal changes, trends and significant moments in Chicago's history over a number of decades.
A few of my favorites so far:
All Photos from http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/.
A news profile on John Maloof, the young man who discovered her photos and is sharing her art with the world:
A slideshow of some of her work:
John Maloof has also created a blog where he posts many of her photos and updates on his progress with promoting Maier's impressive works.