Good Ol’ New York

Have you ever heard of Vivian Maier? No? Well neither did I until earlier this week. This is how her story goes, “Vivian Maier was born in New York, grew up in both the United States and France, moved to Chicago and worked as a nanny on and off for more than 40 years. Before her death in 2009, she snapped 100,000-plus photos, many of daily life on the streets of New York City and Chicago from the 1950s to the 1970s, for no purpose other than her own curiosity. In 2007, real estate agent John Maloof discovered and acquired his first batch of Maier’s negatives at an auction house in northwest Chicago, in a box that had been repossessed from a storage locker. Since then, Maloof has played a big role in reconstructing 90% of Maier’s archive and categorizing it for future generations to appreciate.”

Photos via Vivian Maier site. Quote via NYCgo.

What’s going on in your city?



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12 responses to “Good Ol’ New York

  1. What a great story…such gorgeous images!!

  2. Wow those shots are sooo amazing!
    (and YES! Turquoise jeans would be amazing for Spring…or even now 😉 )

  3. She was amazing. I can’t believe I missed the show when it came to LA but I plan to catch wherever it ends up landing. Hope you have a great weekend Jen!

    xo Mary Jo

  4. Love these! And what a way for them to be discovered!

  5. Her images were on display last March, here in Chicago and I went with a group of women from work. Her work is amazing and she is one of my favorite photographers of street life and architectural images. She had such a talent, too bad she didn’t get the chance to see her photographs displayed.

    Thanks for coming by my blog! It’s great to come across great blogs, I will be back!

  6. Wow what gorgeous photographs. I love the one of the kids and the ice cream. And the photograph of the couple dinning from above.

  7. These are gorgeous. The photo of the woman in the fur is just darling.

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