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Portrait of a nanny

Portrait of a nanny

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Vivian Maier arrived in the melting pot of New York in 1951 fresh from the streets of Europe where she had begun her love of photography. She honed her photography on the streets of the big apple, documenting the urban neighbourhoods with her medium format square framed camera. In 1956, she moved to Chicago, where she would spend the rest of her life, working as a nanny and caregiver.

When Maier died, she left behind a body of work of over 100,000 negatives that were discovered in a storage locker, that had never previously been seen. Her photography is now being archived, catalogued and displayed in galleries around the world.

You can view some of Maier’s work here and watch a recent BBC imagine documentary film here.

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