This recently released image from the John Maloof Collection depicts an enlarged contact sheet from a roll of film shot in 1963. Here, Maier confronts us with two of her self-portraits and displays her ability to frame the world as she explores an abandoned building and surrounding neighborhood.


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An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Maier bounced between Europe and the United States before coming back to New York City in 1951. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she combed the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft.

By 1956, Maier left the East Coast for Chicago, where she spent most of the rest of her life working as a caregiver. Throughout her life, she zealously hid her photographs from the eyes of others. Taking photographs into the late 1990s, she left behind a body of work comprising over 150,000 negatives. Maier’s passion for documenting extended to a series of homemade documentary films and audio recordings, capturing interesting bits of Americana, the demolition of historic landmarks for new development, the unseen lives of ethnic groups and the destitute, as well as some of Chicago’s most cherished sites.

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Untitled Contact Sheet, 1963
Gelatin silver print
Work: 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Frame: 20 x 22 x 2 in (50.8 x 55.88 x 5.08 cm)
2 of 15
Courtesy of Lumière
Stamped 'Vivian Maier, John Maloof Collection'; signed and dated by John Maloof on verso

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Untitled Contact Sheet
  • Dimensions
    16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm)