Upcoming Exhibitions

Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands

February 8 – May 24, 2020
Organized by diChroma Photography

Vivian Maier’s life has proven to be one of the most enduring and fascinating art world narratives of the last decade. The story of this Chicago-based nanny who pursued photography in her spare time inspired an Oscar-nominated documentary film and several books. Through her furtive pastime, Maier eventually amassed more than 2,000 rolls of film, 3,000 prints and more than 120,000 negatives, which she shared with virtually no one in her lifetime.

A collection of Maier’s street and travel photography was discovered by John Maloof in 2007 at an auction house in Chicago. Since her work came to light, Maier’s indelible images have gone on to garner worldwide acclaim through several exhibitions, including Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands.

Maier’s approach was remarkable in that she rarely took more than one frame of each image. Her photos feature children, women, the elderly and strangers on the street, as well as striking self-portraits. Maier’s unique viewpoint captured fascinating characters and surprising moments on film. While much of her life remains shrouded in mystery, her photographs have been firmly embraced as those of a true master.

Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait, New York, 1954 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY.

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