There is a new name to add to the archives of masterful street photographers. Vivian Maier. She worked in Chicago from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Her photographs reveal a keen wit, studied compositions, and a knack for capturing the magical moments of life.
Vivian’s work was discovered by John Maloof when he bought approximately 100,000 plates, negatives, and undeveloped rolls of film from an antiques auction.
Little is known about her life. She was a nanny who was well liked by the children, but was standoffish with adults. Every Sunday, her day off, she set for the streets with her Rolleiflex camera. She died just a few days before Maloof googled her name with the hope of making contact.
Maloof is tackling the daunting task of looking through glass plates, developing rolls of film, scanning images, and cataloging each item in the boxes of her work. He wants to give Vivian Maier the recognition she deserves.
You can follow the progress Maloof is making by visiting his blog.