Some time ago I read an incredible story about a nanny who had a passion for photography, between the 50s and the 90s.
Her name was Vivian Maier, and she kept on consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, between the 50s and the 90s. She would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film,most of them shot in Chicago and New York City.
There is no proof that she ever made a concerted effort to show her work to any dealers or other artists.
In her later years, an auction house acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to non-payment of rent in 2007. This is when her work got discovered and her talent shown to the world. Her work is great street-photography: she approach her subjects respectfully, she doesn't get too close; many of her subjects don't seem to have noticed her, except for children...her experience as a nanny probably deepy influenced her style and her way to connect with the small ones.
I got really impressed by her photos, and I got really excited when I found out that a gallery in Piccadilly Circus was exhibiting her work! I feel her story is really inspiring. How many amazing artists like Vivian Maier hide their work and we'll never know? Yet, Vivian Maier's work is so powerful that it finally found a way into the world...I hope there will be a day when artists won't need to be dead to be appreciated.
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