Vivian Maier, Selected Photographs from the Maloof Collection
John Maloof’s life changed forever when he stumbled across a box of negatives at an RPN Auction house in Chicago in 2007. He’d never heard of Vivian Maier, in fact hardly anyone had, but he was hoping to find some images he could use for a book he was putting together. The box contained more than 30,000 negatives, black and white street photographs taken by Maier in her spare time. She’d spent most of her life as a nanny, working in both New York and Chicago. By the time of her death in 2009, she’d amassed a body of work consisting of over 100,000 negatives, capturing the lives of the well-to-do and marginalized alike, documenting historical landmarks and street scenes. Maier’s story is one that continues to unfold as her photography is catalogued and archived. A number of projects are currently underway to document her life and work, see the Maloof Collection site for more information.
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