Vivian Maier, ‘New York, 10 September 1955 © Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection / Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery New York’, 1955, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

About Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was a photography hobbyist whose output would become an influential body of work in the 20th-century street photography. Maier was a nanny and caregiver with a hidden passion for photography that resulted in over 100,000 negatives—mostly discovered posthumously. She picked up a camera for the first time in 1947 and worked late into the 1990s capturing her favored subjects: fleeting moments and images from her urban surroundings in Chicago and New York, touching upon destitution, urban development, pedestrian culture, and the American identity. Her later works featured fewer figures and took more interest in found objects, graffiti, and detritus.

American, 1926-2009, New York, New York, based in Chicago, Illinois