The other day, I caught the tail end of the most incredible story on the radio about the secret life of Vivian Maier. A full time nanny living in Chicago in the 60s, Vivian captured over 100,000 vivid portraits of street life with her Rolleiflex. The only thing is nobody, not a single person, knew about her secret hobby and talent until after her death just a few years ago. Her work was only discovered after a real estate agent bought her storage trunk, loaded with negatives, at auction for a mere $380. Needless to say her, insightful work captured the attention of photographic masters, art experts and collectors everywhere, earning her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers. Vivian’s mysterious life story adds even more depth to her captivating, vulnerable and intimate square format photographs.
Recommended in Art
We’ve been seeing a lot of embroidered art as of late but I must say that so far, I’ve been most impressed by Singaporean artist Izziyana Suhaimi‘s work. I can’t get over how skillfully she is able […]
After a life-changing journey to Rajasthan in 2008, artist Karen Knorr wanted to celebrate the visual richness found in the fables, myths and stories of northern India using sacred and secular sites to highlight the caste system, […]