Vivian Maier: the nanny with a secret life as a photographer

Self-portrait, undated Photo: © VIVIAN MAIER/MALOOF COLLECTION COURTESY OF HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY

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Maier took a vast collection of photographs over 50 years. A new film, Finding Vivian Maier, documents the man who pieced together the puzzle of her double life.

Vivian Maier, the American nanny who led a secret life as a photographer, has been the subject of a handful of books, at least onedocumentary, and countless exhibitions that have toured the world. During her life, Maier was so secretive about her work that even those closest to her never saw her photographs.

Families employed her to look after their children, but they seemed to know little about their nanny’s background, other than that she had a French accent and a penchant for oversized coats and men’s shirts, and she took a camera with her wherever she went.

Maier started taking photographs in 1949 and continued pretty much until she died, in 2009. Her first camera was a basic Kodak box Brownie. It is not known why she started taking pictures (it is known that her mother had a camera and that she and her mother boarded for a while in New York with a portrait photographer called Jeanne Bertrand, who was from the same village in France as Maier’s mother), but once she had her camera, she couldn’t stop.

1954, New York, NY PHOTO: © VIVIAN MAIER/MALOOF COLLECTION COURTESY OF HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY

1954, New York, NY PHOTO: © VIVIAN MAIER/MALOOF COLLECTION COURTESY OF HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY

 

1 comment for “Vivian Maier: the nanny with a secret life as a photographer

  1. Petra
    januari 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Hoe mooi is het camerastandpunt vanaf buikhoogte! Een kenmerk van haar foto’s.
    Ook een manier om minder opvallend op straat te fotograferen, denk ik.
    Ik heb trouwens een geluidsopname gemaakt van de keihard krakende vloer in het derde zaaltje. Voor jullie vermaak zal ik proberen om er een stukje van op dit blog te zetten.

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