A number of people alerted us to this compelling video about Viviane Meier, who, while working as a nanny in Chicago during the 50′s and 60′s, was secretly photographing life the street-life of Chicago during her time off. It was not until years after her death that her enormous body of photographic work was found.
Maier was private, eccentric, and determined in her pursuit: a true artist committed to her singular vision, which she quietly funded through her work as a nanny, and which few people seemed to know about. Her work is an evocative and beautiful record of a time long gone, and of a truly improvised life.
You can view Maier’s work on the site created by the young man who found, and is archiving, her work.
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