The guy who made the film bought a box of slides at auction which containted photographs from chicago in the 1950s...although he leaves them in the box for a few years, eventually he wants to know more about the photographer (her name was on the box, but that was the only info he had) and bought more boxes of her slides and then while looking into her life more ended up getting a pile of stuff from a storage container which otherwise would have been thrown away (Maier died in 2009). He found thousands of negatives and rolls of unprocessed film - and the rest of the film is him developing the images and trying to find out more about her life.
I really enjoyed the film, and Maier's photographs are gorgeous... here are a few....
they made me think of Francesca Woodman's photos too - possibly because Woodman also took lots of self portraits and has an slightly sad story (she committed suicide aged 22), although the photos are quite different as well - Maier being more of a street photographer and Woodman taking photos which were much more interior and arty. Anyway, here are some of her photographs:
I love it when things link together, and so I was pretty excitd to discover that Francesca Woodman's mother is the ceramicist Betty Woodman, whose work we have in the museum where I work.