Art Destructive Myth
"During her lifetime, Maier's photographs were unknown and unpublished, and in fact she never developed many of her negatives. A Chicago collector, John Maloof, acquiredsome of Maier's photos in 2007, while two other Chicago-based collectors, Ron Slattery and Randy Prow, also found some of Maier's prints and negatives in her boxes and suitcases around the same time. Maier's photographs were first published on the Internet in July 2008, by Slattery, but the work received little response. In October 2009, Maloof linked his blog to a selection of Maier's photographs on the image-sharing website Flickr, and the results went "viral", with thousands of people expressing interest. Critical acclaim and interest in Maier's work quickly followed, and since then, Maier's photographs have been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia, while her life and work have been the subject of books and documentary films."