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The Forgotten Photos of Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was an incredibly talented street photographer who took thousands of photos between the 1950’s and 60’s, she focused her attention primarily on the streets of New York and Chicago but for her time her talents were very much overlooked and unappreciated. It wasn’t until 2011, two years after she had passed away that people began to notice how spectacular and unique the moments in time she had captured all those years ago were.

This delayed reaction in part was the result of these photos remaining undiscovered and undeveloped until a local historian and collector John Maloof came across some at an auction. He later managed to purchase the rest of her collection and published them for the world to see. Sadly however Maloof only discovered the name of the photographer shortly before her death.

The exact location for a few of these pictures still remains unknown, but the majority were taken in New York and Chicago. The collection itself is an amazing time capsule for life back then and it is the realness of everyday life depicted that makes these photos so special.

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