Very little is know about the photography of Vivian Maier, a street photographer who took photos from 1950 through to the early 90's. She was a Nanny but took a camera out on her days off. It wasn't until she died and her things were sold at auction that thousands of medium format negatives and undeveloped rolls of film were discovered.
Observed, playful and with an unique eye for unusual characters and details. It's hard to believe if her whork had not been discovered by accident this incredible catalogue of photographs may have remained unseen.
The story below reveals some details of her life, but essentially she remains a mystery.
Alot more info and photographs at this blog.
She and her photographs remind a little of what Chuck Close is saying in the post below. I don't think she was bundled up waiting for inspiration to strike. She was out there 'doing it'.