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I have a list of movies to watch, books to read and place to see which sometimes seems a mile long. Finding Vivian Maier is one of those movies. I had read about this documentary some time ago and in fact wrote about it on my blog but I never got around to watching it until last night.
I am so excited that I did. Finding Vivian Maier is about a mysterious, French nanny who was born in New York and spent most of her life in Chicago tending to her charges while exploring her passion, photography.
In her lifetime Vivian took over 100,000 photos in Chicago, France, New York and around the world where she traveled for 8 months.
What is most interesting about Vivian and her incredible photographs is that they were unknown until after her death. In 2007 John Maloof purchased a box of photographic negatives at a auction in Chicago with the hopes he could use some of the photos in a book he was writing. He never did use her photos in his book but he was so impressed with her work that he tracked down the other buyers of boxes from the auction and began an investigation into her life.
This film explores Vivian, her photos, film and life through John’s interviews with people who knew her in her lifetime.
I loved this movie! Vivian’s photography is fascinating, and raw but at the same time endearing and magical. Her “eye” captured life on the street as well as in her own life, and those she cared for.
Thanks to John Maloof and his tireless work, Vivian Maier is now considered on of the 20th centuries greatest photographer. Her work has been shown in Germany, London, New York, France, Chicago and in California and is currently being sold at
Have you watched this movie? Did you find it interesting? Do you have any movie recommendations? Or books? Please share if you do.
Have a great day!