Street Photographer’s Work Discovered A Few Days After Her Death

Street Photographer’s Work Discovered A Few Days After Her Death

Vivian Maier's street photography was recently "discovered" just a few days after she died at the age of 83. The Chicago nanny took over 100,000 photographs and many say she may rank among the top street photographers of the 20th century.

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Methinks the title of this post could use a little reworkin' hehe.

Lee Morris's picture

@ Trevor, does it sound like her "body" was discovered?

wow thats crazy, i work full time at a Public Storage, and i see alot of photo's and photo related stuff go to auction, this makes you think.... As A Photographer, What Will people remember me by.....

I dont know a lot about street photography but there i saw some of the best photographs ever seen in terms of story telling they all have so much content its amazing...

@Lee Yeah, that's what it sounds like to me, that's what I thought.

Anyways, It's interesting to see some one with such great work that was doing photography because they loved it and didn't care about becoming famous or making money off of it.

ummm WOW

Totaly BEAUTIFUL.... if I could leave a legacy like that behind then I would die a happy man, thank you so much for sharing this Lee !! :)

Amazing. Some of the best photography I have ever seen.

@Lee, that's what I thought when I read the title of the post. It was a pleasant surprise, though, when I watched the video. Thanks for this post, I'm pumped up to always press that shutter everday. This is a truly inspiring story. Thanks!

Andrew Williams's picture

beautiful photos and I wouldn't be suprised if they made her life into a movie. I'd see it.

Von Wong's picture

hahah +1 to Trevor's comment.

I was like HOLY SHIT they discovered a dead photographer pile dunder 100,000 photographs!

Nice documentary!

Lee Morris's picture

"work" has been added to the title ;)

great story and great find, those are some kickass photos

This totally blew my mind. Amazing work and vision. To dedicate your life with such a passion without no one ever knowing it. Its mesmerizing.

I am moved, a little choked up to be honest. What a great thing this man is doing to show the world her work that is meant to be seen by everyone. The work is breath taking, really.

She is amazing.

Incredibly moving, beautiful story. How amazing the work and life of Vivian Maier.

Chances are that if she never shared her work was because she didn't want to. To know that after her death her work is being put out there is kind of sad.

Spy Black's picture

We don't really know the reasons why someone would shoot that much never to show it. Perhaps she never thought of herself as worthy, yet her recluse lifestyle kept her from interacting with people that could have made her realize what she had accomplished.

We don't know, but she certainly had to realize that once she was gone her work would be exposed. It could very well have all been incidentally destroyed and never seen. We are fortunate it went into the hands of someone who appreciated her work.

I'm not sure what to say. A truly inspiring person.. she did what she loved for the passion of it, nothing more.

John should send all of the negatives to a company like Scan Cafe and have them professionally scanned. Let them know what you have and I'll bet they would work out special rates just to help get them digitized for historical purposes.

Wow, crazy. Wish she had some recognition for it while she was around

That gave me chills. Once in a lifetime does a Great emerge out of death, and I think it just happened...

I would give anything to work on this project. Anything.

That was breathtaking. Her body of work is like an amazing time capsule. This has inspired me to try and capture the essence of my city at this moment in history.

Absolutely amazing work. I do hope they do several shows and some world tours, her work definitely warrants it. Truly passion drove her to shoot and I'm sure she just kept on shooting just to capture that split time in life that says it all.
Great story, great find.

What an awe inspiring event that is happening here.... Kudo's to John for recognizing the value of amazing photographic art. I have chills just seeing the few images here, I can't imagine what other greats are in those boxes.

Thanks a lot for sharing this. Amazing story and some exceptional photos. It's so ironic that all that could have gone to waste - so lucky someone gave those the attention they deserved.

@goodfella, one reason she might not have shared her work was because she didn't really have an audience at the time. Seems like very few prints were recovered which means she just didn't print much. I'm not sure how you get better as a photographer by only seeing your negatives but something tells me most people would feel extremely proud to have their work on this sort of platform years after your death.

Talk about leaving a legacy. The timing couldn't be better.