Last week I stumbled across the street photography of Vivien Maier, a nanny living in NYC in the 1950’s that lead a prolifically creative life, but also one that was fiercely private. Some regard Maier as the female Cartier-Bresson but all her work was unknown until just a few years ago. In 2007, John Maloof went to an auction near his home and purchased a unlabeled trunk full of negatives for less then $400. Inside the box contained hundreds of negatives and rolls of film belonging to Maier that had never been seen by anyone else. The find of the century! Since then, Maloof has shared her legacy to the world and is even producing a documentary about her life. Can you imagine if these photos had never been found? And what’s even more puzzling is why Maier kept this all a secret? Even those closest to her had no idea about her secret double life as a photographer, possibly regarded as one of the greatest of the 20th century. Check out a selection of Maier’s work here on her official site, read about her, and watch the trailer for the documentary here. I can’t wait to SEE more and LEARN more about this amazing photographer! Get into it!
The negatives Maloof purchased in 2007.
Who could have known these breathtaking photos were contained inside?
The artist herself – see more of her self portraits here.
What the trailer for the upcoming documentary below.
So fascinating, I can’t wait to see it!