Vivian’s belongings were being auctioned off from a storage locker (due to non-payments).When he first found her work, he didn’t know what he had.
A historian purchases a box of negatives at an auction, not knowing much about photography. But for now, we have the opportunity to study her work, and try to figure out what she might have taught us.Once known, she was not easy to forget, but to the wider world she remained invisible. Other boxes of stuff wound up at auction, even before her death, and it is here that “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, picks up the thread.In 2007, Maloof bid, more or less at random, for a box of negatives, which he looked at, neglected for a while, returned to, scanned, and put on Flickr., awkward, and heavily shod, Vivian Maier was a nanny.Born in 1926, she never married, and had no children. Toward the end, alone and truculent, she lived in Rogers Park, on the southwestern corner of Lake Michigan.