Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered
01 July to 24 July 2011
Venue: German Gymnasium
Address: German Gymnasium, 26 Pancras Road, London, NW1 2TB
Disabled Access: This event has wheelchair access
Opening Times: Mon, Tues & Wed 10-6, Thur 10-8, Fri 10-4, Sat & Sun 11-6
VIVIAN MAIER PRINTS
Take home one of Vivian Maier's beautifully hand printed images by master printer Steve Rifkin who printed Lisette Model's work. Prints are available in a limited edition of 15 as silver prints from original negatives.
For print sale enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 502 6061.
The Festival is proud to host the first UK exhibition of the most talked about photography phenomenon in recent months: Vivian Maier.
Forty-eight framed prints will be exhibited, both black and white and colour, alongside a selection of her fascinating silent films. The exhibition also includes light-boxes of her images as well as some of her personal possessions.
Vivian Maier - A Life Uncovered
"Chicago nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, leaving behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. Her work was discovered by chance, and now the photographs she took on her days off are being hailed as 'ranking up there' with the best in 20th-century street photography."
Hermione Hoby, the Observer
An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Maier traveled between Europe and the United States before returning to New York City in 1951. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she combed the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft. In 1956 Maier left the East Coast for Chicago, where she would spend most of the rest of her life working as a nanny. In her leisure time, Maier took photographs in the streets. Continuing her craft into the late 1990′s, she left behind a body of work comprising over 100,000 negatives.
Through her unique style of candid street photography, Maier incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of urban America in the second half of the twentieth century.
Vivian Maier’s massive body of work came to light in 2007 when her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.
Currently the work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive which had been dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of the archive reconstructed, Vivian Maier’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of street photography.
BUY MAIER'S INCREDIBLE BOOK
Street Photographer - Schirmer /Mosel Verlag Gm (Nov 2011)
Images © Maloof collection