The photographer’s story is told by a Vivian in 2008,
imagined as an old woman in her Chicago home
by Patrizia Ercole
and Silvestra Sbarbaro
Who was Vivian Maier, a nanny?
She was basically a stranger who went through life looking after other people’s children and gazing at the world through the lens of her Rolleiflex until John Maloof, who had casually got hold of thousands of her negatives, showed her photos to the whole world. Since then, many people have been rummaging inside her life, in search of clues that might reveal some mystery of this secretive woman.
We have chosen to let her pictures talk, as the only real statement that, perhaps unwittingly, she has left us.