Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

Explore some of the 150,000 photos that Vivian Maier snapped while she escaped the nanny life.

Vivian Maier’s tale is one brimming with mystery and oddities. What happened in her life that prevented her from sharing her talents?

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Maier, the child of immigrant parents in the USA, worked most of her life as a nanny. She started in New York City and made her way to Chicago to work as an au pair. According to her former employers, she took great care of the children and always had her Rolleiflex on neighborhood outings. Her life was shrouded in secrecy, but it was clear that her Rolleiflex was one of her greatest muses and closest friend.

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

Fast forward a few decades and Maier was at the end of her life, no longer working as a nanny, and no longer able to pay her bills. Her storage space owner was tired of not receiving payments, so they auctioned all of her life’s work to three unassuming photo collectors.The photo collectors knew that they had something interesting and shared the scans Maier’s work on their blog. No one really payed any attention to the blog posting, but once Maier’s work hit their flickr site, she went viral. Maier’s style is striking and there’s a certain stillness that penetrates the viewer. Was she photographing the city as her gift to herself? The mystery added a delicious element to her body of work and viewers became infatuated.

She soon died after her work was discovered, but there has been a documentary made about her life and her work has toured the finest galleries and museums.

 

Mary Poppins Meets Street Photography

 

 

 

 

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