When John Maloof acquired a box of old negatives at an auction a few years ago he had no idea what he was getting himself into. Read about it in his blog. Watch a 9 minute segment from a Chicago PBS news feature about his story. Glimpse a miniscule sampling of the pictures he discovered.
About his blog, John Maloof says: This was created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Vivian's work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and a ton of undeveloped rolls of film. I have approximately 90-95% of the work.
There's more about Vivian Maier in a New York Times blog called Lens. And Chicago Magazine has a detailed narrative about the background to this story.
The street photography of Vivian Maier is among the most compelling I have ever seen. I eagerly look forward to the publication of the book and the completion of the documentary that John Maloof is producing about her work.