Vivian Maier: A Developing Legend

21 Jan

Some of the most captivating, insightful street photography of the 20th century was recently discovered – only a few days after the artists death at the age of 83. Born in New York to Austrian and French immigrant parents, Vivian Maier spent time in New York, France, and eventually settled in Chicago where she was a nanny. Her photos were never revealed during her lifetime – stunning images which chronicled life in Chicago’s Loop and surrounding districts for decades. There are over 3,000 prints, and more than 100,000 negatives, which are are still being processed today.

David M. Dunlap from the New York Times put it best in his article on Maier: “[Her] streetscapes manage simultaneously to capture a redolent sense of place and the paradoxical moments that give the city its jazz, while elevating and dignifying the people in her frames — vulnerable, noble, defeated, proud, fragile, tender and often quite funny.”

Here’s the story behind how her photos were discovered by John Maloof, a Chicago resident who is now working to archive and share her work with the world:

If you’re in Chicago, you can see the first ever show of Vivian Maier’s photography in the US at the Chicago Cultural Center. “Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer” is running through April 3, 2011.

Thanks to Caitlin Domanico for sharing Vivian Maier’s story and inspiring this post!


2 Responses to “Vivian Maier: A Developing Legend”

  1. Laura Briglia January 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Absolutely fascinating!


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