Nanny Posthumously Declared Photography Luminary

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You have to read this undeniably strange tale over on the BBC about Vivian Maier, a suddenly revered photographer who died in obscurity.

Four years ago, real estate agent John Maloof purchased the contents of an abandoned storage unit which he thought was filled with “negatives of historical architecture photographs” But what the unit actually contained were 30,000 negatives, the life work of Maier, a Chicago nanny described as “a Mary Poppins-like figure who took [her children] on wild adventures and showed them unusual things.”

Now Maloof’s posting Maier’s work online.


Salvatore Pane is a writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Quick Fiction, Weave, We Are Champion, Corium Magazine and others. His debut graphic novel, The Black List, will see publication later this year from Arcana Comics. He blogs at www.salvatore-pane.com. More from this author →