In 2007, Chicago-based real estate agent, garage sale gleaner and co-director John Maloof stumbled across a box of undeveloped negatives of unknown origins at an auction house. The contents proved to be extraordinary – beautifully shot mid-century street photographs taken by Vivian Maier, an American woman who was a prolific photographer, a nanny, and a complete and utter mystery. Posthumously, Maier’s photographs have been compared to those of Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, and are now widely exhibited, privately collected and much praised. Finding Vivian Maier is a fascinating study of an idiosyncratic figure, pieced together by those who thought they knew her.
★★★★ “It’s really terrific” — Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies