Photography: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer


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The Independent Culture

The detail of Vivian Maier's life is still being uncovered, but it is known that she lived in France and New York and spent 40 years as a nanny in Chicago.

An apparently solitary observer of city life, she took around 100,000 photographs – a vast body of vivid, sometimes humorous, often raw, always arresting work that she never showed to anyone. They were only rescued from oblivion after John Malouf, a local historian and now editor of this posthumous monograph, bought a box of her negatives at an auction of unclaimed storage-locker contents.