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.
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