Tentative settlement reached in fight over photographer Vivian Maier's estate ...


"Tentative settlement has been reached in the long-running dispute over the work of amateur street photographer Vivian Maier, the reclusive Chicago nanny who rocketed to posthumous fame after tens of thousands of her undeveloped photographs were found in an old storage locker.

"The agreement, revealed in a filing in Cook County Probate Court and first reported by the Tribune, signals a potential end to a stalemate that began nearly two years ago when the county's public administrator took over Maier's estate, including the publishing rights to a collection that's been heralded as some of the most stunning street photography of the 20th century.

"A motion to approve the settlement will be presented before Probate Judge Mary Ellen Coghlan on May 10, court records show. The motion was filed under seal for reasons that were not explained, and no details of the proposed agreement have been made public.

"John Maloof, who owns more than 90 percent of Maier's negatives, told the Tribune he had yet to sign the final agreement but was encouraged by the recent direction of negotiations with the county."

Nobody paid any attention to her photography when she was alive. And when she died, everyone was in a hurry to get rid of her "stuff." And now that there is fame and fortune coming in, largely through the sheer foresight and resourcefulness, along with time, money and efforts of John Maloof, who brought this woman and her photographs to the world's attention, everyone wants a piece of the now so-called "estate" that previously were scattered, unattended stuff largely considered trash. And what? Tentative settlement? Utterly disgusting! This makes me puke!

Here, read it.