As I wrote in last year's post: Every year on this blog, I like to celebrate International Women's Day by posting a video of some wonderful KICK-ASS women who live their lives OUT LOUD. They are great role models for the rest of us, showing us how to be brave and be ourselves!
The woman I'm featuring this year, Vivian Maier, does not at first glance seem to fit this bill. She lived an extremely quiet and private life as a working nanny in Chicago and New York before dying in 2009 of old age. There didn't appear to be anything very kick-ass or out loud about her at all.
In fact, she was so private and secretive that no one, not even her closest friends, knew of her passion for photography. Only after death was her tremendous artistic talent discovered and revealed. Clearly an introvert, she did not need the world's acknowledgment or approval of her art.
It was through her unknown photography that Vivian Maier lived her life out loud simply by being true to herself and to her unique view of the world.
In addition to several posthumous international exhibitions, publication of a book and website posting of some of her best photos on the internet, a documentary about her life will be released in 2013 entitled Finding Vivian Maier. The trailer tells more about her life and about how her art was serendipitously discovered just a few years ago:
[Thanks to Doug Jamieson at Geezer Online where I first saw this video.]