Vivian Maier’s story has touched the fine art photography community.
Details about Maier’s life are still being pieced together, but we do know that she was born in America, grew up in France, and returned to America to live a quiet life as a nanny. Maier took thousands of photographs on her TLR Rolleiflex camera, walking the streets of Chicago for inspration, as well as creating a great deal of self portraits.
Vivian Maier’s photographs were discovered in 2007 following the sale of the contents of a locker, sold at a local auction house in Chicago. The buyer was John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent: ‘Maloof bought 30,000 prints and negatives from an auction house that had acquired the photographs from a storage locker that had been sold off when Maier was no longer able to pay her fees.’ Source
So many are enthralled by Maier’s story due to its inherent pathos: ‘Through both her life and her images, Maier affords us an experience of elevation, a sense of what the human spirit can achieve through art.’ Source
Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography. Source