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Queens, New York, 1953 by Vivian Maier (image courtesy of John Maloof)

To the outside world Vivian Maier was just a nanny and housekeeper working in Chicago. But she also had a hidden talent was not recognised until after her death in 2009. Maier spent her life wandering the streets of Chicago with a Rolleflex camera strapped to her neck taking remarkable black and white pictures of a different side of the city, and a different side of life in America.

What the nanny saw: Housekeeper's stunning images of 1950s Chicago show working life in America in a new light

Street Gallery of photos taken by the photographer Vivian Maier. One of multiple galleries on the official Vivian Maier website.

Images from Vivian Maier's Undeveloped Rolls:  Vivian Maier was a nanny on Chicago's North Shore. Maier died unknown in 2009. She left behind about 120,000 negatives. ‘‘That rare case of a genuine undiscovered artist, she left behind a huge trove of pictures that rank her with the great American midcentury street photographers,’’ said Michael Kimmelman, the New York Times critic. ‘‘The best pictures bring to life a fantastic swath of history that now needs to be rewritten to include her.’’

Through the Nanny’s Eyes

Images from Vivian Maier's Undeveloped Rolls: Vivian Maier was a nanny on Chicago's North Shore. Maier died unknown in She left behind about negatives. ‘‘That rare case of a genuine undiscovered artist, she left behind a huge trove of pictu

Picturing life: Vivian Maier's captures a little girl playing in the dirt in Chicago. Her pictures, which have been unearthed and are are now appearing in a New York gallery, show a different side of life in America

What the nanny saw: Housekeeper's stunning images of 1950s Chicago show working life in America in a new light

Vivian Maier, Undated, Vancouver, Canada this reminds me of my dad! He used to wear a "Davy Crockett" hat when he was little :)

Chicago nanny Vivian Maier left behind 120,000 negatives of her amazing photographs.

Through the Nanny’s Eyes

Chicago nanny Vivian Maier left behind negatives of her amazing photographs. Black and White Image

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Through the Nanny’s Eyes

A view of the and through the eyes of Chicago’s Mary Poppins, if Mary Poppins carried an old Rolleiflex.

Vivian Maier

Through the Nanny’s Eyes

Vivian Maier, Untitled (Women with Paper, Storefront Window) late Gelatin silver, printed edition

What the nanny saw: Housekeeper's stunning images of 1950s Chicago show working life in America in a new light

What the nanny saw: Housekeeper's stunning images of 1950s Chicago show working life in America in a new light

By Vivian Maier. A full time nanny living in Chicago in the 60s, Vivian captured over 100,000 vivid portraits of street life with her Rolleiflex.

Street Gallery of photos taken by the photographer Vivian Maier. One of multiple galleries on the official Vivian Maier website.

By Vivian Maier. A full time nanny living in Chicago in the 60s, Vivian captured over 100,000 vivid portraits of street life with her Rolleiflex.

Two children in the back of a car--the boy looks anxiously to the front while the girl looks calmly at the photographer. Untitled, November San Francisco, CA

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