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.
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