Vivian Dorothea Maier took more than 150,000 photographs during her career, primarily of
the people and architecture of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. During her lifetime, Maier’s photographs were unknown and unpublished, and she never printed many of her negatives. In October 2009, John Maloof linked his blog to a selection of Maier’s photographs on the image-sharing website Flickr,
and the results went viral, with thousands of people expressing
interest. Critical acclaim and interest in Maier’s work quickly
followed, and since then, Maier’s photographs have been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia, while her life and work have been the subject of books and documentary films.