Is This Chicago Nanny One of the 20th Century's Great Street Photographers?

Posted by David Ozanich — 5 Jan 2011

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Anyone who reads this blog knows what a big fan of street photography I am. (See Bill Cunningham and The Sartorialist.) A new genius of the form has recently been discovered - just days after she died at the ripe old age of 83. Chicago nanny Vivian Maier took over 100,000 photographs and some are saying she's one of the best street photographers of the 20th Century.

The Chicago Sun-Times delves into Maier's biographical story as well as her place in photographic history:

Maier's photographs and life story are gaining attention, including at the Chicago Cultural Center, where the exhibit "Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer" opens Friday.


"There weren't many women doing street photography in the '50s and '60s," said Lanny Silverman, chief curator at the Cultural Center. "So this is very interesting and noteworthy. Beyond just the story of her life, I think she's quite a good photographer."

Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer is on view until March 24th. More information here.

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