Vivian Maier, 1926-2009, was a woman who chose to support herself by working as a live-in child caregiver for most of her adult life. Once a week, she had a whole day to herself and she spent it on the streets of Chicago, travelling across the breadth of its urban sprawl, taking photographs that have sparked an interest among curators, historians, documentary film-makers and gallery owners.
News item about Maier and John Maloof, the young man who found her photographs, here and below.
An exhibition of her photographs is currently showing in Chicago. A few of the dozens of thousands Maier took, below.
More about Maier, with links to articles published about her work.
h/t The Mark