Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier: The Mary Poppins of Street Photography

Highland Park, Illinois, 1950s. A tall, serious-looking woman walked down the street with three boys. She appeared to be just another typical middle-class neighborhood nanny. Her pixie-like haircut, and her collared blouse tucked tightly into her calf-length skirt, all covered up in an oversized men’s coat; nothing special about the woman would have caught your attention – except for the Rolleiflex camera slung around her neck. While keeping the children in check, the nanny observed her surroundings and seemed to be taking photos. When she returned home, she cautiously locked the door of her attic bedroom behind her, took out the film from her camera, and placed it in a box alongside shoulder-high stacks of hoarded newspapers, mail, and receipts.
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Vivian Maier: Milton Keynes hosts first UK exhibition

The story of the elusive street photographer Vivian Maier has been described as "extraordinary" as her work goes on show in the UK for the first time. Maier worked as a nanny in New York and Chicago, but also secretly captured everyday life on the streets. A selection of her...
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Vivian Maier: Anthology, MK Gallery review - what an amazing eye!

Vivian Maier, 'Self Portrait, New York', 1953 (detail)© Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY. So most of the 140,000 pictures which she took over a period of 40 years were seen by almost no-one, including herself – until, that is, she failed to pay the rent on the storage unit where they were kept and its contents were auctioned off.
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Vivian Maier: Anthology review – the attentive, intimate images behind the myth

In her lifetime, while working as a nanny in New York and Chicago, and living an intensely private existence, Vivian Maier simultaneously created around 150,000 photographs, her other life unbeknown even to those who employed her. Unsurprisingly, given the creative canonisation that followed the discovery of her archive in 2007, the myth of Vivian Maier has tended to receive as much, if not more, attention than her actual images. This deftly curated exhibition, comprising just 140 photographs, goes some way to redressing that imbalance.

Vivian Maier: Anthology review – the eccentric nanny with an eye for a picture

Vivian Maier was unknown as an artist during her lifetime. Wildly prolific, and with an eye and an attitude all her own, she left more than 150,000 photographs, some printed by herself, many processed as negatives and yet more still undeveloped and left in their canisters. They filled boxes and suitcases and trunks, which spilled out their contents in avalanches of film rolls and envelopes, carefully preserved and lodged in storage facilities until the money ran out on their lockers and they were auctioned off.

“Finding Vivian Maier,” February 10

Thursday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. Fgge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport IA. Presented as part of the Davenport museum's free “Thursdays the the Figge” programming, the Academy Award-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier will be screened on February 10 in the “Film at the Figge” series, with the critical consensus at Rotten Tomatoes reading, “"Narratively gripping, visually striking, and ultimately thought-provoking, Finding Vivian Maier shines an overdue spotlight on its subject's long-hidden brilliance.”

Discovering the great and mysterious photographer Vivian Maier

While reading “Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny,” by Ann Marks, I couldn’t help but thinking what would’ve happened if Maier had lived long enough to use an iPhone 13 Pro and send her photos to the Cloud. Likely, the incredible photography of Maier would’ve been lost forever.
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Who was Vivian Maier? A new book explores the inspired life of the nanny with a secret gift for photography.

In 2007, writer and director John Maloof bought a box of photograph negatives at auction for roughly $400. He was hoping to find photos for a book about his Northwest Chicago neighborhood. He ended up with a trove of negatives, prints and undeveloped rolls shot by a former local nanny named Vivian Maier. Over the next few years, working with another collector, Jeff Goldstein, he compiled a comprehensive archive of Maier’s work, introduced it to the art world and produced the 2014 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Finding Vivian Maier.” After the release of the film, Maier — who died in 2009 without knowing any of this — became something of an international celebrity, a source of fascination not just for her work but for the mysterious circumstances of its creation.