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Check out the newly-discovered work of Vivian Maier, Chicago street photographer!

January 19, 2011

Here’s a fascinating story about an average woman, stuck in a dead-end, mundane job deep in the heart of America’s industrial Midwest during the 1950’s and 60’s. Enter one, Vivian Maier, American born, but raised in France, the art capital of the world. Never married, self-described loner, nanny to some of Chicago’s wealthiest elite, died in April of 2009 at the age of 83.

A lifetimes’ worth of Maier’s photographs have recently come to light, just within the last year or so. Everyday Joe, John Maloof, stumbled on over 100,000 of Maier’s medium-format negatives while attending a storage facility auction in 2007, and has since been slowly scanning and releasing many of her images into the public domain. Maier’s work has since caught the eye of artists, art dealers, galleries, and collectors alike; who seem stunned by the starkness and reality of her images. They have compared Maier’s photographs to some of America’s premier street photographers of the time: Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander. News of Maier’s work and many of her images have recently started to circle the globe and is receiving press in such places as the UK, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. She is even having a gallery hanging of her work in Chicago from now until April. For more information on Maier and her images go to http://www.vivianmaier.blogspot.com/.

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