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Amazing Mystery Photographer Comes To Fame After Her Death

An incredible story. Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in Chicago for most of her life and passed away in 2009 at the age of 83. Little more is known about her, except that she was an avid street photographer. Her work was discovered at an auction in 2007, more than 100,000 negatives and undeveloped rolls of film, sold by a storage facility who were cleaning out her locker for delinquent rent. Here is a small sampling of Vivian Maier's stunning work from the Maloof Collection, spanning from the 1950s to the 1970s. Many of the photos, if they had any information at all, only provided a year and/or city.

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    Fall, 1953

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    1953, New York, NY

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Undated, New York, NY

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    Christmas Eve of 1953, 78th St & 3rd Ave. New York, NY

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    January, 1953, New York, NY

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    April 30, 1955, New York, NY

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    August 11, 1954, New York, NY

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    May 16, 1957

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    January, 1956, Chicago, IL

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    August 22, 1956

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    Undated, Chicago, IL

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    Untitled, October 14, 1968, Chicago, IL

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    Undated, Chicago, IL

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    January 9, 1957, Florida

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    August, 1958, Churchill, Canada

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    August 11, 1959, Digne, France

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    March 31, 1957

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    Undated, Vancouver, Canada

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    Untitled, 1956

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Untitled, Undated

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    Untitled, Undated

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    August, 1975

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    October, 1978

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    August, 1975

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    Untitled, Self Portrait

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    October 18, 1953, New York, NY

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    Untitled, Self Portrait