Exhibiting Vivian Maier: One of a kind street photo discoveries
Join me for a visit of an outstanding exhibition with images of one of the most remarkable photography discoveries in many, many years:
The discovery of Vivian Maier’s photographs hit the photo world like a bomb in Protected content . The story of the hitherto completely unknown photographer, who had made a living as a nanny throughout her lifetime and whose archive had been acquired rather incidentally by a young collector at a foreclosure sale, captured the public’s imagination well beyond the traditional photo audiences.
This is the very first exhibition of the works of the US-American photographer ( Protected content ) with Austrian roots – her father was born in the former dual monarchy – in Austria.
Posthumously she became a star, ranked among the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander or Diane Arbus. Many of her pictures taken in the streets of New York City and Chicago since the Protected content feel like instant classics. With her exquisite eye for the moment and a sublime sense of composition, Maier firmly claims her place in the traditionally male-dominated pantheon of street photography. Her numerous self-portraits in mirrors and shop windows in urban space defy the usual narrative of the genre, which oftentimes is constructed along conventional gender roles and archaic schemes of hunter and prey.
We ll meet in the courtyard just in front of the entrance - and then go onb to explore the exhibition on our own. Parking in the area will be a challenge - best reached by public transport. The closest stop is "Kaiserstrasse / Westbahnstrasse" of trams number 5 and 9.
Afterwards join me for a drink in one of the pubs nearby - where we can also start to hone our street photo skills right away.
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