Monday, April 11, 2011

Discovered Work: Vivian Maier

This is such a cool story and I am so excited to share it with you.

A guy by the name of John Maloof was working on a book about Chicago's Northwest Side when he came across bins of film and negatives at a Chicago furniture and antique auction. The auction house had acquired the belongings from a storage locker, sold off due to delinquent payments. As John thought the photos may be helpful for his book, he bought the bins of negatives and undeveloped film for $400. What he came across is pretty amazing.

Vivian Maier was a nanny to a family on the North Side of Chicago. Little is known about her other than she lived in France and America but settled in America. The children she cared for speak of her as a Mary Poppins and someone who took them on wonderful adventures. Others scorn her for eccentricity and poor manners. It is not known if she was ever trained in photography, but she often carried a camera with her and took street photos.

Out of the more than 100,000 negatives in the collection, about 20-30,000 negatives were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960's-1970's ... never seen by anyone until now.

This discovery may have uncovered one of the finest street photographers of the mid-twentieth century. Below are some of the photos of Vivian Maier ... absolutely incredible.

Vivian Maier, Self Portrait

Photos by Maloof Collection, LTD +

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