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Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009)

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Vivian Maier, born in New York in 1926, grew up in France and upon returning to the United States, worked as a nanny for forty years. From the 1950s until the 1990s she took over 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago and New York, though she traveled and…

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Man and Woman on Street, New York, c1959, Vivian Maier

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Man and Woman on Street, New York, c1959, Vivian Maier

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New York City, undated by Vivian Maier via The New Yorker

Maier, a nanny in Chicago who took photographs as a hobby, became one of America’s most admired street photographers after her death, in 2009. Though she was unknown as a photographer during her lifetime, her work found posthumous fame, thanks in large part to Maloof, a real-estate agent who discovered her work while researching images for a book. 

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New York City, undated by Vivian Maier via The New Yorker

Maier, a nanny in Chicago who took photographs as a hobby, became one of America’s most admired street photographers after her death, in 2009. Though she was unknown as a photographer during her lifetime, her work found posthumous fame, thanks in large part to Maloof, a real-estate agent who discovered her work while researching images for a book.