Have you heard of Vivian Maier? She’s the undiscovered nanny/photographer, who took absolutely incredible street shots of New York and Chicago from the 1950s-1990s. But she so vigorously hid her talent, it wasn’t until after she passed away that over 100,000 negatives of hers surfaced in a thrift auction house in Chicago’s Northwest side.
Since then, she’s been called one of the best photographers of the second half of the twentieth century for her poignant captures of Urban America.
P.S. — I learned about Vivian on Mieke Willem’s blog.