ode to vivian.

these photos are from negatives purchased at an auction house that acquired them from a storage locker sold off due to delinquent payments. the medium format negatives, over 40,000, were taken in the 1950s - 1970s by vivian maier, a street photographer in chicago.

the images were purchased by john maloof who is doing his best to catalog/archive the work of maier who recently passed away in obscurity.
10-15,000 of the negatives were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960's-1970's and there are still about 600 rolls yet to develop.

he googled her about a year after purchasing the negatives only to find her obituary placed the day before his search. she passed away only a couple of days before the inquiry on her.

amazing photographs. amazing story.


  1. wow. that is quite a story. these are amazing.

  2. I love unexpected kittens! (Not so much unexpected urination.)

  3. A decade-by decade gallery of Jane Brown's photos appeared in the UK newspaper The Guardian this week. You can click to see the photos full screen. It's quite nice.

    Your blog is wonderful, by the way. Baltimore is onto it now. Thanks.