John Maloof bought a chest full of negatives at an auction for $380 and discovered the then-unknown street photography of Vivian Maier, who is now acclaimed to be a master. She took thousands of photos and never showed them to anyone. This documentary traces her reclusive life and amazing gift for photography. She worked as a nanny and none of the families ever saw her photos or really knew anything about her.
Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her