Quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone.

In 2007, historical hobbyist John Maloof purchased a box of undeveloped film negatives of an unknown ‘amateur’ photographer for $380 at his local auction house. It soon became clear these were no ordinary street snaps of 1950s & 60s Chicago and New York and so John embarked on a journey to find out who was behind the photographs and soon discovered her name: Vivien Maier.

(via messynessychic.com)

Finding Vivian Maier

John has made a documentary film about the incredible discovery of this lost talent, due for release later this year.

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Finding Vivian Maier: The discovery of a reclusive 1950s Chicago and New York street photographer

Quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone.

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