Vivian Dorothea Maier (New York, February 1, 1926 – Chicago, April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer. She was born in New York, but spent much of her childhood in France. After returning to the United States, Maier worked first in New York, but from 1956 for forty years mainly in Chicago. There she worked mostly as a nanny. The children Vivian Maier babysat describe her as a film critic, a socialist, a feminist, a tell-all type. She often wore a man’s coat, men’s shoes, and a hefty hat. She almost always carried a camera.
During those years she took more than 150,000 photographs, mostly of people and the architecture of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. But she also traveled to other parts of the world around 1960.
Maier’s work remained unknown during her lifetime, and many of her rolls of photographs remained undeveloped. Shortly before her death, some boxes containing her belongings were purchased at auction. A Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof, researched the photographs and began publishing scans of Maier’s photographic negatives on the web beginning in 2009. This was soon followed by positive reviews and further interest in her work. Maier’s photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia and have been discussed in many articles around the world. Books and documentaries have been written about her life and work in recent years.
Below you can see another anthology of some of her photos and other work in three videos, truly remarkable that such a talent has managed to hide itself for so long.A series of photos that give much inspiration.