A Life’s Work


About a year and a half ago, I came across a small article in Town & Country  that introduced me to Vivian Maier. The story of how this amateur photographer was discovered only makes her work more compelling. In 2007, thousands of her undeveloped images were purchased at a Chicago storage locker auction by historian John Maloof, an avid collector of photographs.

What he discovered was the untapped talent of a woman who documented slices of space and time, from society matrons to the downtrodden and forgotten. Working primarily as a nanny (including caring for Phil Donahue’s children!) from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, she took pictures on her days off and during her travels around the globe.


In an age where every lunch is Instagramed and every annoyance is facebooked, Vivian’s view of the world—taken purely for her own interest—becomes even more intimate.

Her work is now showcased in the book, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, published in 2011, and an upcoming documentary is set to be released later this year.

Photos from vivianmaier.com


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