I am no Vivian Maier but I will be taking a short informational course in photography, given free at Chapman Library, next Saturday for all of us amateurs that received nice cameras for the Holidays .
We saw the documentary on her, put together by a modern photography student (John Maloof) who came across her negatives at a garage sale and hence she was discovered posthumously.
Vivian Dorothea Maier was an American street photographer, who was born in New York City and spent much of her childhood in France. After returning to the United States, Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago – from Wikipedia, that is the gist of it. The documentary, the investigation, the mystery and her work is exceptional.