vivian maier was a nanny, never married, with no children of her own. she took up photography around 1950 yet shared her work with no one. she had no photographic training or support.
vivian took pictures in chicago and new york.
her negatives were auctioned after her death, and a chicago historian purchased them and championed her work.
virtually unknown before, and cared for in her old age by the children she looked after when they were young, maier now has a website and exhibitions. the book, vivian maier, street photographer is filled with interesting pictures, including a few of the artist. a bittersweet beauty.