New TV Documentary "The Vivian Maier Mystery" Released Today

December 17, 2013

The BBC released its new film The Vivian Maier Mystery today through iTunes and other video on demand venues. The documentary attempts to uncover the inscrutable nature of Maier’s life and career. 

The photographs of Vivian Maier have appeared in magazines and exhibitions around the world and have been published in several books highlighting Maier’s work. Only in the past half-decade have such prestige and accomplishments come to the late photographer.

Born in the United States in the 1920′s and moving back and forth between here and France, Maier eventually settled in Chicago during the 1950′s to work as a nanny. It is here that Maier’s creative eye blossomed, devoting her extra time to capturing the streets of the Windy City. But this undertaking remained unknown to those around her, and the fact that she was self-taught and knew no other photographers only heightened the singularity of her artistic pursuit. When a suitcase containing hundreds of rolls of film amassing Maier’s work is found in a storage container several decades later, bringing to light her particular and unique eye.