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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although she also traveled and photographed worldwide.During her lifetime, Maier's photographs were unknown and unpublished; many of her negatives were never developed.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 1,331,235 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Vivian Maier is the 9th most popular photographer (down from 8th in 2019), the 733rd most popular biography from United States (up from 735th 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 9 out of 105Before her are Alexander Rodchenko, Eadweard Muybridge, Helmut Newton, Alberto Korda, Robert Doisneau, and Dora Maar. After her are Heinrich Hoffmann, Claude Cahun, Alfred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Felice Beato.

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Among people born in 1926, Vivian Maier ranks 36Before her are David Attenborough, Ben Roy Mottelson, Leopoldo Galtieri, Donald A. Glaser, Margot Frank, and Jack Brabham. After her are Richard Crenna, Neal Cassady, Necmettin Erbakan, Beji Caid Essebsi, Hilary Putnam, and Louise Hay. Among people deceased in 2009, Vivian Maier ranks 18Before her are Farrah Fawcett, Mercedes Sosa, Ted Kennedy, Omar Bongo, Les Paul, and Robert McNamara. After her are Karl Malden, Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jean Dausset, Milorad Pavić, and Jennifer Jones.

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Among people born in United States, Vivian Maier ranks 733 out of 18,182Before her are Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Robert H. Goddard (1882), Robert Nozick (1938), Frances Farmer (1913), Patricia Highsmith (1921), and Kamehameha I (1758). After her are Gloria Swanson (1899), George Eastman (1854), Nellie Bly (1864), George Cukor (1899), Keith Haring (1958), and David Fincher (1962).

Among PHOTOGRAPHERS In United States

Among photographers born in United States, Vivian Maier ranks 1After her are Alfred Stieglitz (1864), Diane Arbus (1923), Annie Leibovitz (1949), Richard Avedon (1923), Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), Irving Penn (1917), Lewis Hine (1874), Edward Weston (1886), Berenice Abbott (1898), Paul Strand (1890), and Carl Van Vechten (1880).