I want to share with you the story of the extremely talented Vivian Maier.
Vivian Maier was a Chicago-based nanny
who spent her spare time wandering the streets with her Rolleiflex,
taking snapshots of street life around her.
An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Maier travelled between Europe and the United States before settling in New York City in 1951. Having picked up a camera just two years earlier, she combed the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft. In 1956 Maier left the East Coast for Chicago, where she spent most of her remaining life working as a nanny. She continued shooting well into the 1990s, amassing a collection of over 100,000 negatives.
Maier’s massive body of work came to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it eventually made an impact the world over and changed the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.