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Finding Vivian Maier


Born in New York 1926, Vivian Maier was an American-French photographer who worked as a nanny in Chicago from the mid-1950’s to the 1990’s. In 2007, two years prior to Maier’s death, 26-year-old real estate agent John Maloof purchased a box filled with 30,000 negatives from an estate sale for $400. On discovering the quality of  beautiful street photography, Maloof then bought other boxes of Maier’s negatives in an attempt to find out more about the woman who took them:

An exhibition of Maier’s work opens at the Chicago Cultural Center today, and there is more on Maier and her photography here.

(via PetaPixel)

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  1. Interesting find…modern day Abbott to Atget?

  2. You’ll also find a Kickstarter project to make a
    documentary about her.

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