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Vivian Maier

I decided it would be good to look at the work of some women street photographers. The first one I chose to look at was Vivian Maier.

Maier was a professional nanny from 1950s-1990s. She took over 100,000 photos worldwide but didn’t show them to anyone. After her death. Historian John Maloof bought a box of negatives and printed and published them.

Her work is mainly black and white and captures many of the aspects of city street life in Chicago and New York City in the second half of the 20th Century. She liked to take photos of street children playing and adults going about their daily lives. She had a knack of getting close to people, and her work often uses high contrast to accentuate the subject matter. [Last accessed: 30/09/2017]