Perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.
Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives (90% of her work), thousands of prints and countless undeveloped rolls of film.
Two of her self portraits:
A contact sheet: