A man went to a local auction and bought 10,000 undeveloped negatives and discovered one of the most important street photographers in history – Vivian Maier. She is considered to be one of the most talented street photographers of the mid 20th century, with photos taken in the 50’s and 60’s in New York, Chicago and Florida.
The huge enigma behind Vivian Maier’s work, who was a nanny and photographer, is that she kept all her street snapshots to herself and she was completely unknown until her death.
Historical hobbyist John Maloof is the man that purchased the 10,000 undeveloped negatives at a local auction for $380, in 2007. After he started developing the negatives, he was simply stunned by the amazing street photographs he found inside the box.
The beauty of Vivian Maier’s work lies inside the places where she chose to take street snapshots, covering all the bad and shady neighborhoods of New York and Chicago from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
John Maloof started looking for Vivian Maier, trying to track her down, and he stumbled upon her obituary in 2009, in a newspaper. She slipped on ice and died at 83, after a head injury, because she never fully recovered.
John also started a documentary about the very enigmatic Vivian Maier and her work was exposed in a lot of prestigious galleries from London, New York, Oslo, Hamburg, Los Angeles, given her the well-deserved credit she never received throughout her lifetime.
Surf the gallery above to view the street photographs taken by Vivian Maier in the 50’s and 60’s in New York, Chicago and Florida, and get a glimpse of what lied inside the mind and vision of one of the most important street photographers in history.