The Best Street Photographer You’ve Never Heard Of

Vivian Maier/John Maloof Collection

Four years ago, a Chicago real estate agent stumbled upon a box of negatives. Little did he know that he’d discovered Vivian Maier.

— By Alex Kotlowitz. Photographs by Vivian Maier/John Maloof Collection

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE measure of Vivian Maier’s photos without taking stock of her story. She was by all accounts remarkably private, someone who didn’t always enjoy the company of other adults. And yet her photographs feel like a celebration of people—a celebration of what Studs Terkel, the late grand oral historian, liked to call "the etceteras" of the world.

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