Vivian Maier – Who Took Nanny’s Pictures?

November 28, 2012


This was the first film to tell the incredible story of the nanny who took thousands upon thousands of stunning pictures and never showed them in her lifetime. Vivian Maier has gone viral since her death in 2009. Disputes now rage over the ownership of her work – work that she kept secret.

She was both a tough street photographer and a poet of suburbia. In life she was a recluse, a hoarder, the ultimate outsider. The film tracks down people who knew her a little – she made sure that no one knew her well – and those who have revealed her astonishing work.

‘dark, revelatory, fascinating – highly recommended’
Phil Harrison, Time Out

‘Touching, ambiguous and full of arresting images, Imagine’s film was a fine tribute to her.’
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

The Guardian



  • Royal Television Society 2013 Award – Best Arts Film
  • International Festival of Films on Art 2014 – Grand Prize
  • Grierson Award 2014 – Nomination
  • BANFF 2014 – Nomination
  • International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv 2014



Executive Producers Michael Jackson, Tanya Hudson
Producer/Director Jill Nicholls
Series Editor and Presenter Alan Yentob
Specialist Researcher Tracy Drew
Film Editor Allen Charlton
Cinematography Daniel Meyers