Vivian Maier’s Hidden World

January 8th, 2011 in Archive by 5 Comments

by Lacy Roberts

Back in March, we told you about a recently discovered photographer, Vivian Maier.  We had the chance to interview John Maloof, the man who brought her photos to the world.  Since then, two years after her death, she has been recognized as one of the most fascinating street photographers of the 21st century as more and more people around the world have fallen in love with her work.

Today, the Chicago Cultural Center is opening her first solo exhibition.  In her honor, we bring you this slide show of some of her stunning images, along with her story told by John Maloof and renowned photographer, Mary Ellen Mark.

The Hidden World of Vivian Maier from The Kitchen Sisters on Vimeo.


This story was produced by Kitchen Sisters’ intern, Lacy Roberts.  Her work has been heard on YouthCast, a growing handful of NPR stations around the country, and her podcast, The Ladies Village Improvement Society.  She is now helping out at Kitchen Central with the Hidden World of Girls series and working on some sound projects of her own.

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Marvelous images, on par with Robert Frank
Bravo for this report

Annice Jacoby


Thank you for doing Vivian’s story. The more I see the more amazed I am.

Bill Thompson


A slice of human history documented for posterity. Thanks

John G


Great work Lacy! Posted in on FB. You learned from the best and can’t wait to hear more of your work down the road.



Terrific work, both from the almost anonymous Maier and from Lacy Roberts. I am prompted to wonder how much genius exists in liminal spaces, barely saved from annihilation. Photography still offers the promise of a democratic art where beauty and justice converse.

Don Rothman


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