Vivian Maier | A Life Uncovered
29 JULY – 16 SEPTEMBER 2011
Photofusion is pleased to continue the run of the highly acclaimed and anticipated work of Vivian Maier which is receiving its first UK audience as part of the London Street Photography Festival (July 2011). The exhibition brings together 48 black & white and colour prints from the Chicago-based nanny who spent her spare time wandering the streets with her Rolleiflex, taking snapshots of street life around her.
An American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Maier travelled between Europe and the United States before settling in New York City in 1951. Having picked up a camera 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 spent most of her remaining life working as a nanny. She continued shooting well into the 1990s, amassing a collection of 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. The collection includes spontaneous street scenes, street portraiture and abstract compositions reminiscent of some of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century.Vivian Maier’s massive body of work came to light in 2007 when a box of her negatives and undeveloped film was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago?s Northwest Side. The work is now being archived and catalogued 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 the auction in 2007. Now, with roughly 90% of the archive reconstructed, Vivian Maier’s work is part of a renaissance of interest in the art of street photography