The nanny who took thousands of photos of daily life

  • 18 July 2014
  • From the section Magazine

Publicly, she was a children's nanny. Privately, she was an avid photographer who captured more than 100,000 images. But Vivian Maier's decades of work remained hidden - until her negatives, prints and 8mm films were sold at a thrift auction in Chicago in 2007.

Now, a documentary film - Finding Vivian Maier - looks at her intriguing and remarkable legacy.

One of its directors, Charlie Siskel, spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the woman - the street spy - who captured fascinating moments of daily life from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Finding Vivian Maier is released in the UK on 18 July 2014.

All images ©Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection.

Audio interview by Tom Bateman. Music by KPM Music. Photofilm by Paul Kerley.


Vivian Maier photography website

Today programme - BBC Radio 4

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