Vivian Maier

1926 - 2009

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Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer whose work was discovered and recognized after her death. She worked for about 40 years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago's North Shore, while pursuing photography. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide.During her lifetime, Maier's photographs were unknown and unpublished; many of her negatives were never developed. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vivian Maier has received more than 1,140,820 page views. Her biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Vivian Maier is the 8th most popular photographer (up from 10th in 2019), the 735th most popular biography from United States (up from 776th in 2019) and the most popular American Photographer.

Vivian Maier is most famous for being a street photographer. She was born in 1926 and died in 2009, but her work was discovered in 2007 by John Maloof, who bought some of her negatives at an auction. Her work is now being exhibited all over the world.

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Among photographers, Vivian Maier ranks 8 out of 105Before her are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eadweard Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, Dora Maar, Alberto Korda, and Robert Doisneau. After her are Helmut Newton, Heinrich Hoffmann, Julia Margaret Cameron, Felice Beato, Ansel Adams, and André Kertész.

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Among people born in 1926, Vivian Maier ranks 36Before her are Louise Hay, Beji Caid Essebsi, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Leopoldo Galtieri, Ben Roy Mottelson, and Necmettin Erbakan. After her are Alcides Ghiggia, Hilary Putnam, Mel Brooks, David Attenborough, Neal Cassady, and George Martin. Among people deceased in 2009, Vivian Maier ranks 18Before her are Farrah Fawcett, Ted Kennedy, Corazon Aquino, Les Paul, Robert McNamara, and Mercedes Sosa. After her are Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, Omar Bongo, Bobby Robson, Abdurrahman Wahid, and Milorad Pavić.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Vivian Maier ranks 735 out of 15,968Before her are Irving Fisher (1867), Carole Lombard (1908), Danny Glover (1946), Jules Dassin (1911), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), and Leon Festinger (1919). After her are Anne Baxter (1923), Leon Cooper (1930), James Woods (1947), Bill Bixby (1934), James Cromwell (1940), and Gilbert N. Lewis (1875).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Vivian Maier ranks 1After her are Ansel Adams (1902), Diane Arbus (1923), Alfred Stieglitz (1864), Lewis Hine (1874), Richard Avedon (1923), Irving Penn (1917), Edward Weston (1886), Annie Leibovitz (1949), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), Berenice Abbott (1898), and Paul Strand (1890).