Vivian Dorothea Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) amateur street photographer.

At a KPS weekly meeting earlier this year there was a discussion regarding an upcoming BBC documentary on street photographer Vivian Maier.

To some extent she still remains a mystery as nobody seems to know that much about her and the fact that she herself never actually saw any of her own photographs, except for a few she printed herself at photo labs. When she died, she left a legacy of over 150,000 photographs that were subsequently discovered by Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier’s death, and the discovery of her photographs, her work began to receive critical acclaim.

The BBC documentary on her life was aired in May 2013 and for those who missed it, a copy has been uploaded to Youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0_ZKYhtSHmg

A blog dedicated to her and her work is published here: http://vivianmaier.blogspot.ie/

A new documentary by the BBC, Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures, has now been released, but unfortunately has already been aired. For anybody who has access to a UK VPN it can be seen on the BBC iPlayer at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0366jd5/imagine…_Summer_2013_Vivian_Maier_Who_Took_Nannys_Pictures/

Vivian Maier Wiki Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_Maier

John Maloof owns 90% of her photographs and the issues surrounding copyright to the Maier collection are teased out online in “Moral Rights, Copyrights, and the Case of Vivian Maier”. http://works.bepress.com/david_deal/1/

 

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