In 2007, while seeking material for an unrelated project, John Maloof happened upon the photographic oeuvre of Vivian Maier at auction. Said Chicago auction house had acquired 10,000 rolls of her film, 20-30,000 of which were undeveloped, amongst other belongings from Maier’s neglected storage locker. Maloof’s intriguing photographic purchase would morph, unwittingly, into the kind of pivotal discovery that’s the stuff of Ali Baba’s cave: an unearthing of bounty completely undiscovered by the rest of the world.
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