Whenever I have free time I love to wander around Pinterest. It has been already a few times, that I found nice photographs, which lead me to a whole other world…
This time this is a very touching story !!!
One day a young real estate agent named John Maloof, bought a stack of printed pictures and films found in an old chest sold at auction. What he discovered after looking through the negatives, was amazing. He found Images in quality, clarity and exciting compositions. Soon after, Maloof started a journey of discovering the artist who created them.
And here is what he found out –
Maier was born to a French mother and Austrian father in the Bronx borough of New York City(February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009). She left N.Y with her Mom and returnd back in 1951 Then she took up work as a nanny and care-giver in a few families for the rest of her life.
In her leisure time, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. With a camera around her neck whenever she left the house, she would obsessively take pictures, but never showed her photos to anyone.
Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades,she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City.
Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.
In 2008 Vivian fell on a patch of ice and hit her head in downtown Chicago. Although she was expected to make a full recovery, her health began to deteriorate, forcing Vivian into a nursing home. She passed away a short time later in April of 2009, leaving behind her immense archive of work.
Vivian’s work is now represented in exhibitions and auctions around the world.
As well as in a documentary film called, “Finding Vivian”, which is now playing in selected theaters.
Here is a short perview of the film:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUQsJRpNbMY&feature=youtu.be
See You next time XOXO ♥ Rachel