Would you believe that a Nanny from Chicago might be one of the most influential street photographers of the 20th century? Finding Vivian Maier is the movie that explores this prolific and mysterious photographer. Pam and I went to see this movie at local theater with some other Atlanta area photographers and came away impressed and saddened by Vivian Maier's intriguing story. Vivian Maier (wikipedia) was born in 1926 and died in 2009. During her life she worked primarily as a Nanny to families in mostly the Chicago area. During that time she was a prolific street photographer whose body of work was virtually unknown until John Maloof purchased boxes of negatives from a storage auction in 2007. From that point to now the story of Vivian Maier has been revealed, but much is still unknown.
The movie is an attempt to figure out who Vivian Maier was and why she took nearly 100,000 images and never had any of them printed.
Here is the film's trailer:
Pam and I went to see the film, Finding Vivian Maier, at a local theatre. We went with a few other photographer friends and took in the afternoon matinee.
I won't giver away the movie but suffice it to say that we were very impressed, inspired and saddened all at the same time. Vivian Maier was a very unique person with an immense talent for photography. That she never published any of her work while alive is an amazing mystery. The movie explores that and does a pretty good job of it.
Bottom line is that if you are a photographer, historian, lover of mysteries or interested in documentaries, you should see this movie. It has something for everyone and is a compelling story.
Books on Amazon
There are a few books of Vivian Maier's work available on Amazon. You can also purchase limited-edition signed prints through the website