I just saw an extra-ordinary program about the life and times of Vivian Meir.
IMAGINE - "Who Took The Nanny's Pictures?": this program was presented by Alan Yentob and his investigation into the life of Street Photographer Vivian Maier. She was a Nanny to wealthy families in the New York and Chicago area. Throughout her life, she took thousands of candid Street Photographs. Vivian fell on hard times later in life and could not afford to keep up the cost of storage of her thousands of rolls of film and personal possessions.
The amazing thing about this story is the fact that all of her possessions went to auction including her thousands of rolls of unprocessed film I must stress. Vivian passed away in 2009 and all of her possessions were discovered by various individuals. Her rolls of films have been discovered and her work is being seen for the first time.
She left this world without any recognition for her talent as a photographer. The blessing in disguise is that the discovery of her lifes work will shed light on this extraordinary women.
The BBC documentary is excellent and can be viewed on BBC iPlayer
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