The Amazing Vivian Maier,
Chicago Street Photographer

5 Jan

The first American exhibition of the amazing work of late Chicago Street photographer Vivian Maier opens January 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. She chronicled life in Chicago’s Loop and surrounding districts for decades but was undiscovered until after her death. The video above shows how over 100, 000 negatives and more than 3,00o prints of her work where discovered in an estate auction just before her death in 2009.

Here’s a bit more about her:

Vivian immigrated to the US as a refugee from France during World War II and eventually ended up in Chicago as a nanny to wealthy North Shore families. Not much is is known about Maier herself or why she kept her amazing photographs hidden but many self-portraits were found of her and even a few audio tapes.

The first exhibition of her work reveals a her eye for observing the people and fashions of Chicago in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The opening reception is Friday, January 7, 5:30-7:30pm.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St,
Michigan Avenue Galleries
Chicago, IL 60602

Be a part of the world wide phenomenon and help get a feature length documentary film made via kickstarter. Pledges will receive a variety of things including her film spools, digital downloads, copies of the film, dvd, and her book. The film is in the pre-production phase now with Danish filmmaker Lars Oxfeldt Mortensen.

Find out more about Vivian and the project at

(via JeremyCowart, @bethanyhamm, Chicago Cultural Center)

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