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Vivian Maier
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Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in The Bronx, New York. Although she was born in the U.S., she spent much of her youth in France. She returned to the U.S. in 1951 and worked as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. Maier took photographs in her spare time over the years 1949-2000, which amounted to over 100,000 negatives from mostly New York and Chicago. She also traveled much of the world on various occasions, depicting the reality of how the world lived in the margins of society.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

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.
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“We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel—you get on, you go to the end, and someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end, and so on, and somebody else takes their place. There’s nothing new under the sun.” Vivian Maier