Soaring across the web’s blog community is the newly discovered art of Vivian Maier. Maier was a street photographer who lived and worked in the 1950s through the 1990s. Not much is known about her. She worked and shot obsessively all of her life and never showed in any galleries or acquired any public attention whatsoever. She died two years ago. Her life’s work was purchased at an auction by a lucky, unknowing individual.
Maier’s work strongly rivals that of many photographers of the same time period, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, etc. It fascinates me how satisfied she was with her own work that she didn’t feel the need to share it with the world. Maybe this was an inner shyness, or a need to disconnect from popular culture. Regardless, Maier’s photos portray a patient, composed eye and radiate a desire to find beauty in the everyday.
Below is a taste of Vivian Maier’s work. More can be seen after the jump. Many more can be seen on the blog of the owner of her work: