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Imagine this : perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.
John began to develop the negatives and it didn’t take long before he realised that these were no ordinary street snapshots from the 50’s and 60’s — these pictures were a lot more then that. Maier’s work is particularly evocative for those who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s because she seemed to stare deep into the soul of the time and preserve the everyday experience of the people. She ventured outside the comfortable homes and picturesque residential neighborhoods of her employers to document all segments of life in and around the big city.
She's been called 'the greatest photographer you've never heard of'... the mysterious Vivian Maier, a nanny based in Chicago who took about 150,000 photographs in her lifetime and stashed them away, not showing them to anyone.
She left thousands not even developed, and most as negatives from which she never made prints.
It was sheer accident that her life's work was discovered.
This critically acclaimed documentary, directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, tells the story of Vivian Maier, an American nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers for decades. Her massive body of work only came to light in 2007 when her pictures were discovered at a local auction house in Chicago.
She is now considered one of the 20th century's greatest photographers and her strange and riveting life and art are revealed here through never before seen photographs, films and interviews with those who knew her.
originally posted by: butcherguy
Sadly, there was an ATS thread nearly two years ago about this, and it got ZERO replies.
Link to thread.
I gave it a flag.... never saw when it was a new thread.
originally posted by: Telos
I have a passion for photography an her work is just amazing. Only few people are able to capture details of this kind. And black and white is awesome. Now days the art of photography has lost its meaning with all those editing options and altering software. The real art is in black and white pictures and with no editing.