Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier headshotFeatured in the 2013 Oscar® nominate documentary film, FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, Vivian’s story is mysterious and captivating. The account of Vivian Maier (1926-2009) has become a photography legend: Born in New York City, she spent much of her youth in France. Returning to the U.S. in 1951, she worked as a nanny in Chicago and New York for 40 years. Reclusive and eccentric, she took photographs all the time, yet rarely showed them to anyone. From the mid-1950s to the 1990s, with a Rolleiflex dangling from her neck, she made over 100,000 images, primarily of people and cityscapes. Her work, which appeared to be destined for obscurity, was discovered by Chicago-based realtor and historian John Maloof at an auction house in Chicago in 2007. Her negatives, previously housed in a storage locker, had been dispersed due to non-payment. Maier died before Maloof could contact her.