Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American amateur street photographer, who was born in New York City but grew up in France. After returning to the United States, she worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago, IL. During those years, she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.
Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier's death, her work began to receive critical acclaim.
These are beautiful and inspirational Maier's self-portraits. The images give us great insight into how Maier saw herself — reflected in all manner of mirrors or a shadow in the background of a city scene, and always carrying her camera.
© Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection