Jeff Goldstein

Initially, he was able to acquire 57 photographs from Ron Slattery, one of the buyers. Flea market rumors indicated that someone with a larger portion had disappeared from Chicago with his part of the collection . . .whereabouts unknown.

In the spring of 2010, Jeff received a tip from Ron that this buyer, Randy Prow had surfaced; they met, and he was able to acquire from Randy Prow his portion of the Vivian Maier assemblage. Jeff's collection now includes 12,000 negatives, 700 prints, 20 homemade movies and numerous slides. They document Vivian’s European years prior to her early 1950s stay in New York, continuing through her Chicago years from 1955 into the early 1970s.

In 2011, very kindly he has let electrofolio use his images to create this trubute site. Thank you very much!

To support him to develop more Vivian work please visit his website: vivianmaierprints.com

Vivian Maier, John Maloof and Jeff Goldstein

John Maloof

Maier's photographic legacy, in the form of some 100,000 negatives – a large portion in the form of undeveloped rolls – was discovered by 26-year-old real estate agent John Maloof, also president of the Jefferson Park Historical Society in Chicago.

While working on a book about the Chicago neighborhood of Portage Park, Maloof bought 30,000 prints and negatives from an auction house that had acquired the photographs from a storage locker that had been sold off when Maier was no longer able to pay her fees. After purchasing the first collection of Maier photographs in 2007, Maloof acquired the rest from another buyer at the same auction. Maloof discovered Maier's name at an early stage of his discovery, but was unable to find out more about her until just after her death, when he found an obituary notice in the Chicago Tribune.

Her work was first published on the internet in July 2008 by Ron Slattery who had also purchased a good deal of her work at auction. In 2009, Maloof started to post some of Maier's photographs on a blog, and later he announced his intention to publish a photo book of Maier's photography. The book is scheduled to be released in late 2011, and a feature-length documentary film about Maier and Maloof's discovery of her work, titled Finding Vivian Maier, is scheduled for release in 2012.