Vivian Maier: an extraordinary but unknown street photographer

You won’t be able to find out a lot about Vivian Maier. She is not a famous photographer, and not even a single photo that she took was published during her lifetime.

In 2007, local historian John Maloof purchased a box loaded with Vivian Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house. At first he didn’t even know how valuable his purchase was. But when Maloof saw the pictures, which were taken in the 1960s and 1970s, he gasped. They were marvelous!

When the photos went viral in 2009, thousands of people shared Maloof’s fascination. He received more than 200 offers to make a film about Maier’s life.

Today, we at Bright Side decided to share the story of this wonderful woman with you, as an act of appreciation and remembrance.

Vivian Maier: an extraordinary but unknown street photographer

Throughout her life, Vivian was constantly taking pictures that she didn’t show to anyone.
She used more than 200 negatives per year and printed pictures in her own room that she made into a studio.

Vivian Maier: an extraordinary but unknown street photographer

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