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Rencontres Photographiques du 10e : Vivian Maier


Vivian Maier

In parallel with the retrospective dedicated to Vivian Maier by the Musée du Luxembourg, Les Douches la Galerie is presenting a new solo exhibition from November 5, 2021 to February 5, 2022. For the most part unpublished, in color and in B/W, the selected prints reflect her wanderings in the cities, from the early 1950s in New York to the late 1970s in Chicago.


Vivian Maier tirelessly photographed the streets of Chicago and New York, but her talent remained anonymous throughout her life. A nanny by profession, she took advantage of every free moment to walk the streets, her Rolleiflex around her neck, casting a keen gaze on the human in the city and leaving striking self-portraits. She did not show her photos to anyone and the recent discovery, a true American romance, revealed one of the most brilliant street photographers.

In 2007, John Maloof discovered in a Chicago auction house a lot containing thousands of negatives, as well as undeveloped film and a few prints. His research led him to discover that this lot was only part of a body of work that he assembled by purchasing the many boxes of negatives, films and documents. His internet searches remained unsuccessful until 2009, when an obituary was published in the Chicago Tribune indicating that Vivian Maier had died a few days earlier, at the age of 83.


Les Douches la Galerie

from November 5, 2021 to February 5, 2022


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