Vivian’s belongings were being auctioned off from a storage locker (due to non-payments).
A street photographer whose work and life I hugely admire is that of Vivian Maier.
For those of you who haven’t heard her story, she worked and lived as a nanny her entire adult life– and shot street photography on the side for herself.
Born in New York in 1926, Meier spent her childhood and adolescence years in France, with regular visits to America with her mother. Back in her native city, Vivian Maier decided to become a nanny and found a decent live-in position with a well-off family.
It was in France that Vivian took her first pictures with an amateur, rather bulky and unpractical, Kodak Brownie camera. She spent her spare time in the streets of New York, taking pictures of life around her – with a much better camera – a Rolleiflex.
One of the incredible things about Vivian Maier (besides her captivating images) is her story.
She was first discovered by John Maloof, who happened to find Vivian’s negatives while at a furniture and antique auction while researching a history book he was writing on Chicago’s north-west side.Recently the documentary: “Finding Vivian Maier” on the mystery behind her life and discovery came out.I realized I haven’t written an article on her yet– so I wanted to use the opportunity to do so.From there, his quest began, to spectacular effect.Google “Vivian Maier” today, and you will get more than a million results.(Vivian Maier / AP) The story of how the work of photographer Vivian Maier came to light is pretty wondrous: a young real estate agent named John Maloof purchases a box of Maier's belongings at auction in 2007.