Vivian Maier has one of those bodies of work that is hard to overlook. The mysterious, and only recently discovered, nanny-photographer has left behind an incredible collection of photographs from the streets of Chicago and New York during the late 50s and 60s. I’m invariably refreshed when I stumble across a strong female photographer, and Maier’s impressive legacy of work is no exception.
What do you do when you happen upon 100,000 negatives at a furniture and antiques auction? You blog about them, of course. John Maloof stumbled upon the photography of Vivian Maier at an auction in Chicago. Vivian, an unknown photographic gem, documented the streets of Chicago from 1950-1990 purely for her own enjoyment. With an awe-inspiring eye for the camera, her photos feel like the kind you should see mass produced, laminated and sold along tourist strips next to vintage French posters and pictures of Marylin.