07 Sep

Vivian Maier - 1950's Street Photographer

07. September 2011 by Kay Bekele

viv1 Online this week, I came across the work of Vivian Maier. This incredibly talented and unknown amateur photographer was a nanny who spent her free time taking pictures in and around New York and Chicago for a hobby.Her black and white photographs insightfully capture life in urban America, candidly recording some of the most interesting characteristics and idiosyncrasies of the 1950’s and 60’s.

viv2 Like many others I found her unique and authentic style of street photography poignant and captivating - but although clearly gifted Vivian Maier never publicised her work. Her pictures were discovered at a local thrift auction in 2007 by John Maloof who has since archived and catalogued Maier’s work for the enjoyment of others. www.vivianmaier.com

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