I'm sure many of you have heard of Vivien Maier by now, but her work continues to amaze, delight and inspire me. I keep going back to look at her work and read more about her life and her 'discovery' as a photographer. In 2009 Real Estate Agent John Maloof bought some of her photographers and negatives at an estate sale. Unsure of what he was seeing he posted a few of the photos on Flickr, wrote to a few museums and galleries and waited to see if anything came of the more than 100,000 negatives and 600 rolls of undeveloped film he had purchased. The more I read and the more I see of her work, the more I want to know.
John Maloof originally posted a discussion thread called "What do I do with this stuff (other than giving it to you)?" in the Hard Core Street Photography Flickr group. It is a facinating read if you have a spare 10 minutes to scan through the thread.
John Maloof also has a blog with a large collection of her photographs posted there.
The Chicago Cultural Centre is hosting an exhibition of Vivien Maier's work from January 8 - April 3, 2011. Admission is free for those lucky enough to live in the Chicago area (and for everyone else too, you just have to get to Chicago first!)