Vivian Maier made a living as a nanny in mid-20th century Chicago. She always had a camera with her, but it wasn’t until just before her death in 2009 that Maier’s trove of photographs – and striking talent – were discovered in a storage facility. Her intimate and revealing photographs of the streets of Chicago have been a sensation at exhibits around the world and are now being exhibited in Northern California for the first time.

Some of Vivian Maier's Photos

Photos from Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, available on and

Photos from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection at

Ken Light, photo director of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Richard Cahan, co-author of "Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows"

  • Ben Rawner

    How much is this really just a reflection of our own obsession of photoing our everyday life and she just happen to save all of them?

  • K. Smokey Cormier

    Why are so many people in the art world so surprised that this woman created such a beautiful body of work without having gone to art school or taken formal classes? Come on. Can’t you believe in the intelligence and diligence and passion of regular folks?

    • jackie

      Thank you. And amen.

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