vivian maier

We’re all pretty familiar with street photographer Vivian Maier by now, her intriguing story told and retold over the past couple years. For those unfamiliar, “The New York-born photographer spent 40 years working as a nanny in Chicago, simultaneously fostering a secret passion for image-making that led her to document the urban life of America.” A strange and secretive character by all accounts, her death in 2003 saw the discovery of thousands of unseen, undiscovered images and movies which were eventually auctioned off, an anonymous character who has achieved legend status in the photography world and beyond. Here, Nowness showcase some great films from the 1970s capturing, simply, life on American streets. Press play.

Words by Lena Dystant
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