Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an
American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S.,
it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S.
in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her
life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of
photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she
would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and
New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting
the world around her through homemade films, recordings and collections,
assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second
half of the twentieth century.
This documentary is a portrait of a fascinating and reclusive woman. She is, perhaps, the Emily Dickenson of street photography.