Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vivian Maier: travel in time

Vivian Maier - self-portrait

i knew it!  i knew time machine was a possibility; i just did not know it would be discovered in my life time.  Vivian Maier was a nanny and a street photographer from 1950's-1990's.  her works were accidentally discovered by John Maloof several years ago (in 2008 or 2009?) in Chicago.  don't you just feel as if you were traveling back in time?  Chicago Cultural Center is showcasing Vivian Maier's works; exhibition ends April 3, 2011.
all photos are from John Maloof's blog dedicated to Vivian Maier and are re-posted with his permission.
i first learned of VM from a little sidebar on Jill's StreetStyleLondon.

who is this woman?  what is her story? 

would this photo be controversial today?

cute shoes, cute purses...  note Vivian's shadow in the corner

this youtube video tells you how it all happened:


  1. These pics are great--thanks for sharing about her! Will def need to look into her work!

  2. What a wonderful photographer. A woman with open eyes!

  3. Thanks for sharing! I went to Maloof's blog for her and the pic with the girl fretting on Jan 18th is too precious! Pics of everyday life are fascinating.

    Come join the Fashion Blog Flash Mob on Thursday. Umbrellas!

  4. Great pics! I love photographers who capture "real life" subjects - much more interesting than posed pics!

    Hope you are feeling better!!

  5. Thanks for sharing! The first two photos reminded me of my hubby/mother-in-law relationship. Wow, the story is sad :( But a great photographer has this kind of reactions.

  6. Wow, this is so interesting--definitely an exhibit I would love to see. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow! What a mysterious woman. So alone in the world yet she see's more than anyone else. That is so interesting and fasinateing. Love stories like that!



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