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Finding Vivian Maier

8 April 2014

Recently released in US cinemas was the much talked about “Finding Vivian Maier”, a documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one the most accomplished street photographers.

Up next is Shelter starring Jennifer Connelly, who has previously been seen in Dark Water and A Beautiful Mind, and soon to be seen in Winter’s Tale alongside Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe. In this film, Jennifer plays Hannah, a homeless person who falls in love with Tahir played by Anthony Mackie.


(Photo by Vivian Maier)


(Photo by Vivian Maier)


(Photo by Vivian Maier)

Vivian Dorothea Maier was born on 1st February 1926 and died on 21st April 2009. She was an American street photographer, who was born in New York City and spent much of her childhood in France. After returning to the United States, she worked for approximately forty years as a nanny in Chicago, Illinois. During those years, she took more than 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes in Chicago, although she travelled and photographed worldwide.


(Photo by Vivian Maier)


(Photo by Vivian Maier)

Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier's death, her work began to receive critical acclaim. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S., Britain, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and France, and have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Britain, Germany, Italy, France, and other countries. A book of her photographs, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, was published in 2011.


(Photo by Vivian Maier)


(Photo by Vivian Maier)


(Photo by Vivian Maier)

The documentary was originally shown in Canada during September 2013, and has since opened in Germany, Greece and more recently in American.





 


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