Art of the Beholder – New This Week – Street Photographer Vivian Maier

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Novo and Alexandra (alexandraparsons.com | alexandra_parsons on IG) discuss critically acclaimed street photographer Vivian Maier.

An enigmatic figure in the world of street photography, Maier lived a life shrouded in mystery. 

Born in New York City in 1926, Maier spent much of her adult life working as a nanny in Chicago. However, unbeknownst to those around her, Maier harbored a deep passion for photography. Throughout the 1950s to the 1990s, Maier wandered the streets of Chicago with her trusty Rolleiflex camera in hand, capturing the everyday lives of ordinary people with a keen eye for detail. Her photographs offer a candid glimpse into the human experience, capturing moments of joy, sorrow, and everything in between.

Despite her undeniable talent, Maier’s work remained largely unknown during her lifetime. It wasn’t until the early 2000s, when a chance discovery of her vast collection of negatives and prints at a storage locker auction, that Maier’s work finally garnered the recognition it deserved.

Today, Vivian Maier is celebrated as one of the most talented street photographers of the 20th century, her images providing a timeless record of urban life and a fascinating insight into the mind of a deeply private artist. Yet, even as her work continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world, the enigma of Vivian Maier herself remains, her motivations and innermost thoughts forever lost to time.

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