A few years ago, Chicago real estate developer and history buff dropped $380 at auction on a box of undeveloped negatives by an unknown amateur photographer. What he discovered astonished him. He had come into possession of some extraordinary street photography.
After research, Maloof discovered the photographer was named Vivian Maier, a nanny in Chicago who apparently never shared her work with anyone. She never tried to become famous, and died in obscurity in 2009, at the age of 83.
Maloof’s discovery and quest have led to a documentary called Finding Vivian Maier. You can see the trailer and more of Maier’s shots at Messy Nessy Chic. And as you check it out, think about the amazing talents that we might never notice.
All photos are from Maloof’s Vivian Maier Collection.
A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Sid Winek, via Facebook.