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21 January 2011 Last updated at 09:30 ET By Katie Beck BBC World News America Maier was untrained, but her images are artfully framed and detailed The photographs reveal teeming streets, children at play in an alley, couples captured in a sleepy embrace, the intricate latticework of an elevated train platform, a drunk smeared in filth. The arresting, artfully framed scenes from the streets and byways of New York, Chicago and beyond seem alive with movement.
Vivian Dorothea Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American amateur street photographer , who was born in New York City but grew up in France. After returning to the United States, she worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago , Illinois. During those years, she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.