23 May 2011

The Best Street Photographer You've Never Heard Of

She never exhibited her work. Indeed, from what Maloof can gather, she didn't share her photos with anyone, except some of the children in her care. My friend Tony Fitzpatrick—a Chicago artist whose collages, like Maier's images, capture the contradictions in this city—revels in the fact that she saw no need to show off her work. "It tells you the most important thing about her," he says. "She made them for all the right reasons. She made them to hold on to her place in the world. She made them because to not make them was impossible. She had no choice."

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