Vivian Maier


Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was a French American street photographer.


Maier took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, mostly on the famous Rollaeflex camera and primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. She also traveled and photographed worldwide. Manila, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, India, Syria, Egypt, and Italy.  And the Carribean.


In the late 1970s, Maier stopped using her Rolleiflex. Most of her photographs taken in the 1980s and 1990s were color transparencies, taken on Ektachrome film.  Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago's North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time.


100,000 to 150,000 negatives, more than 3,000 vintage prints, hundreds of rolls of film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and ephemera including cameras and paperwork, roughly 90 percent of her known work are in the Maloof collection. - wikipedia "An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Vivian bounced between Europe and the United States before coming back to New York City in 1951. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she would comb the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft. By 1956 Vivian left the East Coast for Chicago, where she’d spend most of the rest of her life working as a caregiver. In her leisure Vivian would shoot photos that she zealously hid from the eyes of others. Taking snapshots into the late 1990s."


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