The most influential street photographer of all-time never got any recognition for her amazing ability. Her name was Vivian Maier. She lived in Chicago and captured life in The Windy City. Her mix of light, shadows, composition and self-portrait reflections are the most exciting thing since digital film.
In a city that has a palpability unlike anywhere else, Vivian Maier worked as a Nanny and snapped timelessness. Her collection includes scenes from New York, Egypt and Thailand but much of it contains the gritty emotion and aesthetic beauty of Chicago.
She died in 2009 without ever receiving a single accolade for her remarkable talent. It was only by accident that John Maloof, a Chicago realtor, found some of her slides in an abandoned storage locker.
He has since purchased all the negatives and rolls he could find and has tasked himself with scanning and developing over 100,000 truly unique images.
Her work is now on display throughout the world, from Brazil to England to MOMA.
What’s more amazing is what’s yet to be seen.