She was hiding in plain sight. This normal person going about life -- taking photographs of it while people didn't really pay her any attention. Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel that hit theaters back in 2013. The film attempted to shed some light on the life and work of Maier, both as a street photographer and as a nanny.
Finding Vivian Maier is an intriguing documentary. Maier's body of work is an impressive collection of portraits, street shots, self-portraits, and films. It's full of mystery at first but as you progress through the film, you get to understand the story of this person. The film features various commentary and accounts from people she's encountered along the way -- employers, children she took care of, acquaintances and so on. It paints a clearer picture of this very private individual who also at the same time fancied going out into the open to photograph the ever-changing landscape of the times.
It's amazing to hear the stories and see the photographs in the film. As photographers, it's easy to appreciate her imagery and the story/mystery behind the photographs (Vivian's self-portraits are a topic in and of itself entirely.) The idea of this secretive and private person was so enamored with capturing memories even in forms other than photographs is mesmerizing to say the very least. For anyone who's looking for a great film to learn from and be inspired by, Finding Vivian Maier is for you.
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Read more about Vivian Maier on the Lomography Magazine.