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Monday, October 1, 2012

Vivian Maier (Street Photographer)

How amazing it would be if a box of photographs you bought at an auction turned out to be the works of an astonishingly good street photographer who already passed away? Local historian and photographer John Maloof discovered these brilliant photographs that used to belong to Vivian Maier. Later Maloof found out that this unknown photographer was a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until 1990s took over 100,000 photographers worldwide-from France to New York to Chicago and dozens of other countries. What's amazing is that Vivian Maier was never been formerly trained in photography or has hardly exposed her photos to anyone in her life. After collecting the the works of Vivian Maier, Maloof published a book entitled "Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows". I can't wait to see it!!

Vivian Maier Via Powerhouse
Even though Vivian Maier took hundreds of thousands of photographs in her lifetime, she never shared them with anyone, and just kept them to herself until she died. I wonder why she never tried to become a professional photographer given how talented she was.  Personally, I found her photos brilliant and beautifully taken. I wish I could see her photo exhibition someday in NYC.

Check out this video :)

If you want to know more about her or see more pictures taken by her, visit http://www.vivianmaier.com/

Via http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

Via Slate.com

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