This Amazing Mystery Photographer Comes To Fame After Her Death: Vivian Maier

February 10, 2016

Vivian Maier only came to fame after her death.

It truly is an incredible story. Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in Chicago for most of her life and passed away in 2009 at the age of 83.

Little more is known about her, except that she was an avid street photographer. Her work was discovered at an auction in 2007, more than 100,000 negatives and undeveloped rolls of film, sold by a storage facility who were cleaning out her locker for delinquent rent.

Here is a small sampling of Vivian Maier’s stunning work from the Maloof Collection, spanning from the 1950s to the 1970s. Many of the photos, if they had any information at all, only provided a year and/or city.

Vivian Maier photographs

  1. 1953, New York, NY

2) Untitled, Undated


Undated, New York, NY



Christmas Eve of 1953, 78th St & 3rd Ave. New York, NY



January, 1953, New York, NY



April 30, 1955, New York, NY



August 11, 1954, New York, NY



May 16, 1957



January, 1956, Chicago, IL


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