Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier

DVD - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Vivian's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photos, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Sundance Selects,, [2014]
Edition: Wide screen
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780788618215
Branch Call Number: DVD 770.92 Mai


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Donna_R Jan 15, 2018

I have been wanting to watch this for ages, and am glad I finally did. Vivian Maier was a nanny who took photos on the street. Collector John Maloof bought some of her photos then went on a mission to find more of her work, then began to investigate Vivian herself. This story had so much to it, and was quite a moving watch.

Nov 11, 2017

Fascinating! This movie has everything I love - great photography, great story-telling, eccentricity, and a film-maker obsessed with uncovering the mystery of an amazingly talented and complex woman. Photography is easily my favorite art medium. I, like Vivian, compulsively take photographs. Unlike Vivian, I don't keep my photographs hidden from the world, nor are they so completely captivating. Mild-mannered John Maloof grew up going to flea markets and then going to auctions to buy boxes of mystery items. He stumbled across a box of negatives. All he knew was that a Vivian Maier had taken the pictures that he later developed. But, who was this woman and why hadn't anyone seen these stunning photographs? Maloof works tirelessly to scan negatives, make prints and find and interview people from Maier's life. She was a nanny. She took the kids out on adventures in the streets of New York and Chicago where she captured humanity as it presented itself to her. Maloof doesn't sugar-coat anything as he discovers things about Miss Maier that are hard to hear. Thank heaven it was Maloof who found Maier's work and that he has gone the distance in giving it the attention that it deserves.

Sep 14, 2017

Maier, in addition to her impressive work, was way ahead of time in her SELFIES: carefully and whimsically composed, her self-portraits pics put today's dumb narcissists to shame.

Sep 07, 2017

"Finding Vivian Maier" (2014 release; 83 min.) is a documentary about nanny-turned-street photographer Vivian Maier. As the movie opens, writer-director John Maloof tells the story of how by happenstance a few years ago he bought a big box of negatives and when he started to realize the astonishing quality of those pictures, he tracked down more of those boxes, found the name "Vivian Maier", and made it his life's work to do find out more about the mysterious woman. To tell you much more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Sep 07, 2017

This 84-minute documentary is part detective investigation, part photographic exhibit, and the account of the mercurial life of Vivian Maier (1926-2006). John Malouf infuses the documentary with his energy, curiosity, and determination. It is also a graphic record of the 'vanished' age of the first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the DVD commences with 4 promos for other Sundance Select DVDs which cannot be skipped!

Aug 26, 2016

Well, darlings - I just finished watching this impressive documentary which was called "Finding Vivian Maier". It was written and directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel and it tells the fascinating tale of a woman who lived and died in complete obscurity. It was only through a fluke that Vivian's undiscovered talent for photography became well known and celebrated long after her death.

In a way - I'd say that Vivian Maier is something of a stand-in for all of those nameless, faceless people who surround us and live out their lives unnoticed. These are people who live in relative obscurity and (after they are gone) leave but a little mark on the world.

Except, in Vivian's case (due to her unique talent), she did leave a mark. And it's one that will be admired and appreciated for generations to come.

PimaLib_JudyM Jul 06, 2016

This documentary exceeded my expectations. Vivian Maier was an enigma for sure, perhaps even mentally ill. But her photographs are just incredible. I enjoyed the story of how Maloof attained the negatives, and even undeveloped film, and how he handled the unique situation he found himself in. I am so grateful he recognized that he had something important. I also found it very exciting imagining developing rolls of film, and finally seeing the images that were unseen since the day Maier took the shot. This documentary is highly recommended, for both photographers and non-photographers.

Jul 02, 2016

Finding Vivian Maier is a truly remarkable documentary about a completely unknown photographer who was, sadly enough, overlooked in her lifetime.

It was only by a stroke of sheer luck that John Maloof (this documentary's co-writer/co-producer) came across this surprise discovery of negatives amongst Vivian's possessions, which he had purchased at an auction (of her abandoned personal property) in 2007.

Vivian (who worked as a nanny for various families for nearly 40 years) apparently never showed her photographic work to anybody. But thanks to Maloof's uncovering of Vivian's personal possessions, it is now realized that her photographic-eye was truly exceptional.

This is definitely one documentary that is really worth seeing.

Jul 02, 2016

And, who, exactly, was Vivian Maier?... Well - That, my friends, is probably something which we'll never, ever know for sure.

But, with that said - I certainly must give John Maloof (this documentary's co-writer/co-director) a helluva lot of credit for his thoughtful and extensive investigation into the identity of this very private, yet incredibly prolific, street-photographer who, in her lifetime, took an estimated 150,000 photos (most of which were never developed).

For the most part, this documentary was quite an extraordinary experience for this viewer. But, alas, it lost itself some significant points due to there being just a little too much emphasis placed on determining whether Vivian was a kook, or not.

In conclusion - Without ever achieving the recognition that she so rightly deserved in her lifetime, Vivian Maier died in 2009 (at the age of 83) in the state of complete poverty.

May 24, 2016

Absolutely fascinating. Highly recommended.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top