Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago in the early 1950s. in her spare time, she walked the city streets with her camera, quietly documenting her surroundings. Maier's work went virtually unnoticed until 2007, when John Maloof, a street photographer himself, purchased a lot of 30,000+ negatives that had been seized from an unpaid storage locker at a small Chicago auction house . Maloof has since become a champion of the late photographer's work, which includes more than 100,000 photographs as well as documentary film and audio recordings. Vivan's work is truly astounding, and the quiet modesty of it all could just about drive me to weep. i had so much trouble choosing but a handful of photos to post here, and in the end i decided to post some of Vivian's self portraits, but not to visit the link above and see the rest of her work would be a disservice to yourself.