The story makes these photos even more interesting.
It seems that in 2007, Chicago-based photographer John Maloof discovered a storage locker full of photographs at auction. They were striking photographs, and there were thousands of them – each documenting in detail the streets and urban life of Chicago, NYC, LA, Bangkok, Beijing, and more. But who was their photographer? As it would later be determined, they were the creations of Vivian Maier, a previously-unknown, impoverished nanny. Maier died three years ago, so just around the time of her discovery as an artist. Fortunately, her works endure – in fact, the first comprehensive exhibition of her work will open January 7th, 2012 at Los Angeles’ Merry Karnowsky Gallery.