Artist of Influence: Vivian Maier

I came across this blog via Lauren Beacham and was really blown away. Vivian Maier was a street photographer in Chicago from the 1950s to the 1990s. She was completely undiscovered and destined for obscurity until her negatives were acquired at an auction by John Maloof, who then started developing the photographs and sharing them with the rest of the world.

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Interest in Maier’s powerful work quickly escalated — and there is now a feature length documentary in the works, Finding Vivian Maier.

And an exhibition of her photographs is opening at the Chicago Cultural Center this Saturday, January 8. The show runs through April 3.

I only wish Vivian was still here to enjoy the recognition, but then again, from the sound of things, maybe she didn’t want to be known in her lifetime. Thanks to John Maloof for rescuing these images and bringing them to light.

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