“Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows” puts her work in the context of her life during her highly creative period from the 1950s through the 1970s. The photographs were chosen from nearly 300 images appearing in a book to be released in September, also titled Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. A correlating exhibition, “Vivian Maier’s Chicago,” will also be opening in early September at the nearby Chicago History Museum.
Maier’s work was discovered in 2007 when boxes of abandoned prints, negatives and undeveloped film were sold in an auction in Chicago. In a few years she has gone from an unknown artist to the creator of images that now play a significant role in the history of photography. Maier shot many of her most iconic pictures while working as a nanny for suburban Chicago families, a job that allowed her to travel, as shown in her photographs of New York, South Dakota, Florida and California, as well as the rural pastures of Southern France.