Hiding in plain sight?
Vivian Maier, was a career nanny who has earned a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers with an uncanny ability to get close to people from all walks of life.
When she died in 2009 at age eighty-three, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives—images that she’d scarcely shared with anyone. She had spent most of her adult life as a child-care worker with no close ties. Her photographs and belongings were hidden in storage, until they were auctioned them off, and might have vanished into obscurity were it not for the intervention of John Maloof, a twenty-six year- old amateur historian who purchased a box of Maier’s unidentified photographs and became obsessed by what he discovered.
Finding Vivian Maier is an effort to uncover this mystery. Following clues, it trace s Maier’s history through New York City, France, and Chicago, yet as we meet people who knew Vivian, new questions arise about her life and work. Regardless, it’s a wonder to behold the world through Vivian Maier’s eyes. This initially playful, ultimately haunting look at the once-secret career of street photographer Vivian Maier is an aptly obsessive study of obsession. Click on the photo for more information about the movie.
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