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by Patrizia Ercole and Silvestra Sbarbaro
The photographer's story is told by a 2008 Vivian, imagined as an elderly woman in her Chicago home
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Who was Vivian Maier, a nanny? A photographer?
Basically a stranger who went through life looking after the children of others and observing the world through the viewfinder of her Rolleiflex until John Maloof, who accidentally came into possession of thousands of her negatives, showed her photos to the world. Since then many have been poking around in her life looking for clues to reveal some secrets about this shy woman.
We have chosen to make her images speak, the only authentic testimony that, perhaps in spite of herself, she has left us.