A brief explanation for all of you enjoying our new Vivian Maier website who were wondering why we have two portfolios up of Vivian’s work from New York City, and only one half their size from Chicago.
The answer is actually pretty simple. Although Vivian did live most of her life in “Chicagoland”, as locals refer to the Chicago Metropolitan Area, this was only after Vivian spent five years photographing New York City. We know this thanks to the research that Tony Rydzon and I have been collaboratively working on over the past year. Much of Vivian’s work has yet to be scanned and archived, with a substantial portion still waiting to be developed. The result is that, at this point, we’re still heavily weighted towards the earliest period of Vivian’s works shot in the US. So stay tuned, because more is yet to come!