The London Street Photography Festival is proud to host the first UK exhibition of Maier's work where 48 framed prints will be exhibited, both black and white and colour, alongside a selection of her fascinating silent films.
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.
London Street Photography Festival July 2011
Adress : German Gymnasium Pancras Road London, NW1 2TB
City of London
Opening Hours: Tue&Wed 10-6 , Thu:10-8, Friday: 10-4 Sat&Sun: 11-4