First of all, Diana works for Artsy, whose mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, they have a database of 300,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 40,000 artists. Isn't it cool?
Vivian Maier is one of those and in my opinion she has one of most intriguing stories: she was discovered by chance by John Malof. He bought a box stuffed with her negatives, because he was working on a book about the history of the Chicago neighborhood of Portage Park.
Maloof discovered Maier's name in his boxes but was unable to discover anything about her until a Google search led him to Maier's death notice in the Chicago Tribune in April 2009...
Vivian Maier was a nanny and caregiver with a hidden passion for photography, she picked up a camera for the first time in 1947 and worked late into the 1990s capturing her favored subjects: fleeting moments and images from her urban surroundings in Chicago and New York, touching upon destitution, urban development, pedestrian culture, and the American identity. Her later works featured fewer figures and took more interest in found objects, graffiti, and detritus.
I am completely in love with the whole story!