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…
Man and Woman on Street, New York, c1959, Vivian Maier
Maier took photos as a hobby for most of her life, but her talent was discovered just before she died—and today, it’s the romantic story consumers project onto her art that fuels her acclaim.
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.
A photo by Vivian Maier, Chicago, 1950s
Photo: Vivian Maier
New York City (1953)