In 2007, historical hobbyist, John Maloof bought a box of ‘amateur’ film negatives for $380 from the auction house across the road from his place.
It held 100’000 negatives, 700 rolls of undeveloped colour film as well as reels of 8mm and 16mm movie film.
John traced this film treasure chest back to one late Vivian Maier who worked as a children’s nanny in New York and Chicago in the ’50s and ’60s.
Through his upcoming film ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ [trailer after the jump] John attempts to discover the woman behind these, now world famous and sought after street photographs, through talking to old friends, employers and the children she looked after at the time the photographs were taken.
It appears Maier was a very private person who simply loved composing photographs of what she saw, with even her best friends unbeknown to her ‘hobby’. In this tone it is her self portraits that I find to be most engaging [a collection of which you can see after the jump]; captured in the reflections of discarded mirrors, shop windows, and various interiors, there is a ‘knowing’ in Maier’s expressions, which hints at a sneakiness as to the private catalog she is creating, or she knows that Facebook is coming and so she’s dedicated her time to taking the CUTEST PROFILE PIC, oooooor she always JUST FARTED when she takes her selfie!
[via mnc, thanks Kevin!]