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By Jerome LEE

No, it's not Cindy Sherman you're looking at in the opening picture. It may resemble the legendary artist, but you're looking at American Street photographer Vivian Maier, whose photographs have been become a talking point of late. Having grown up in France in her early childhood, she returned to America and worked as a nanny for 40 years, all this while taking close to 150,000 photographs of people and architecture around America. Maier's photographs were relatively unknown until after her death in 2009, when they were auctioned off, examined and put on the web, which were shortly followed by interest and acclaim of her work. Her work has been exhibited around the world, and even a documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, has been produced to showcase this amazing street photographer's documented stills.

This 'stream-of-consciousness' street photography style is identifiable with prominent photographers who all have their own aesthetic in this particular vein: Diane Arbus for her freaks, Robert Frank for his photographs of post-war America, Henri Cartier-Bresson for his groundwork in photojournalism and so on. Vivian Maier subjects are mainly the children she babysat for, the people of American living on the margin of America's economic bloom in the 50's and 60's. The warmth emanated in her photos only proved her finesse as a street photographer. Here are some of her images:

All images from various sources


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