A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Real estate agent, John Maloof explains how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a book history of his neighborhood, resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives. John, goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he was by the quality of the images, quickly determined they were not reverent to his project and just put them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time shooting. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images.
Alan Yentob presents the incredible story of a mysterious nanny who died in 2009 leaving a secret hoard of thousands of stunning photographs. Never seen in her lifetime, they were found by chance in a Chicago storage locker and auctioned off cheaply. Now Vivian Maier's magical pictures sell for thousands of dollars. In life she was a recluse, a hoarder, spinning tall tales about her French roots. Including stories from those who knew her and those who revealed her unique work.
Our host, photographer Jeff Hutchens travels the length of the Canal from Beijing to see the historical waterway, to Jiangsu province to see it at work. Along the way, he’ll take up the challenges and customs of living on the canal. Hell train in the same arts and culture born from Canal travelers, and unlock the secret ingredients in dishes that sprung up in the birthplace of the Grand Canal.