Nanny Cam

The Posthumous Fame of a Street Photographer

In an age when obscure talent strives for celebrity, it astonishes when real talent remains hidden. Vivian Maier’s obscurity was so complete that her first public notice was a death announcement: “Vivian Maier, proud native of France and Chicago resident for the last fifty years, died peacefully on Monday. Second mother to John, Lane, and Matthew. A free and kindred...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.