Thursday, October 4, 2012

Do you know the story of Vivian Maier?

It's pretty incredible. She took thousands of photographs, but she was the only one who saw them during her lifetime. She was never published and never turned professional, she never shared her photos with anyone. Eventually, a forgotten storage locker full of her negatives was auctioned off, seemingly lost forever. In 2007 a man named John Maloof found her negatives at a thrift auction and has been bringing her amazing work to the public eye ever since. Please go here and read more about this incredible woman and her story.

Maier was never formally trained, but she documented what she saw on the streets of New York and Chicago from the 50s through the late 90s. She had an amazing ability to reveal the vulnerability, pride, and beauty of her subjects, and capture truly unique moments.
August 11, 1954, New York, NY

Undated, New York, NY
 Undated, New York, NY
 January 1953, New York, NY

 Undated, New York, NY
 Untitled, Undated
 Undated, Chicago, IL
 Undated, Vancouver, Canada
 Undated, Chicago, IL
August 22, 1956, Chicago, IL 
September 30, 1956, New York, NY

May 16, 1957, Chicago, IL

EDIT: There is a new book just published with more of her photos called Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows here's an article about it with some of the new photos

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