About a year ago... I started hearing about Vivian Maier.
Maier was born in New York in 1926 to a French mother and Austrian father, Maier grew up in France and the United States. As an adult, she traveled the world but eventually settled in the Chicago area, working as a nanny in various households in the city's North Shore suburbs.
Though Maier was alive in 2007, many of her possessions were for sale due to her delinquency in paying for a storage locker. They came into the hands of John Maloof, a young former real estate agent who bought 30,000 of her negatives for around $400 at an auction in 2007.
When she died in April 2009, she had no idea what had become of her work, nor of the interest it was beginning to stir. But stir it did. A website came up.... and donations came pouring in ... along with support for the work to be published and shown.
Yesterday I received a copy of the book... straight from Amazon (see book HERE).
Needless to say... her work is stunning... and has captured my heart. I absolutely love her style... her dedication to photography... her ability to capture those rare moments on the street that will never be seen again.
I highly encourage you to look at the blog: HERE
the website: HERE
her photography site: HERE
to review the many on-line sources of info about her (wiki is HERE)... and check out the book for yourself.
I have read... that a movie is coming in 2012 ...
February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009