An extraordinary unknown Chicago street photographer's work is uncovered. Eighty of Vivian Maier's photographs will be exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center thru March 24th. This show is not to be missed. Her work is filled with grace and is a gift to us all. The story about her and her photographic eye is stunning (found in the video below). Over 100,000 negatives and more than 3,000 prints of her massive body of work were discovered in an estate auction shortly before her death in 2009.
The initial inquiry about the work on flicker was as follows...
"I purchased a giant lot of negatives from a small auction house here in Chicago. It is the work of Vivian Maier, a French born photographer who recently past away in April of 2009 in Chicago, where she resided. I opened a blogspot blog with her work here; www.vivianmaier.com.
I have a ton of her work (about 30-40,000 negatives) which ranges in dates from the 1950's-1970's. I guess my question is, what do I do with this stuff? Check out the blog. Is this type of work worthy of exhibitions, a book? Or do bodies of work like this come up often?
Any direction would be great. "
The replys to the inquiry can be seen HERE.
The rest is history....
There is a blog devoted to her work and I am sure more information will come to light as time goes on. Thanks to Emily and Joe for the heads up.