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Vivian Maier | Iconic Street Photographer

A found treasure… quite possibly the most important “street” photographer of the 20th century was Vivian Maier a 1950s  nanny who kept herself quiet and closed off and never showed any of her photographs to anyone.

Years later in 2007, a Chicago real estate agent and historical hobbyist, John Maloof purchased a box of never-seen, never developed film and negatives of an unknown ‘amateur’ photographer for $380 at a local auction house….Little did he know what he had discovered.

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Maier is only now beginning to be recognized as an iconic street photographer from the 40’s, through the 70’s. A body of work that spans not only the US, but the globe, Maier took more than 2,000 rolls of film, printed over 3,000 photographs and produced more than 150,000 negatives representing the street life and architecture of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the American Southwest, as well as destinations as far off as Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Egypt, and Italy.

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The anticipated new documentary:

John Maloof has made a documentary film about the incredible discovery of a lost talent and the path to Finding Vivian Maier.

The film is scheduled for release some time in 2013. Watch the trailer below. Amazing story…

So many details about Vivian’s life are still unknown, which is probably just how she wanted it. However I am anticipating the documentary to find out more!

 Source: Messy Nessy Chic


February 19, 2013