Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

A cache of photographs and negatives sold at auction in Chicago reveals the raw talent of Vivian Maier. Working as a nanny in New York and Chicago, her camera was ever-present, and she captured amazing street scenes, fashions, and human expressions. The book is worth perusing despite the cloying introduction which questions whether she was good because she was copying work she had seen (Arbus, Evans, Kertesz) and how no one knew she took photographs… “seems unfortunate, a symptom or side effect of the fact she never married or had children and apparently had no close friends.” Or perhaps she was simply a private person, Geoff Dyer. Many of the images in this collection can be seen on the website dedicated to her work.