Bringing a portrait of private artist Vivian Maier to the big screen

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Feb 122015
 

In 2007, a monumental cache of photographic negatives were sold at auction. The man who bought them, John Maloof, soon discovered stunning images of Chicago street scenes from the mid-20th century. Who was the unknown artist behind the photographs? Jeffrey Brown talks to co-directors Maloof and Charlie Siskel about their Oscar-nominated documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier.”

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From glamorous to ordinary, Vivian Maier’s street photography captured America’s mid-century urban life

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Feb 122015
 

“Not perhaps since Emily Dickinson’s poetry came to light over a century ago, has a posthumously discovered body of artistic work stirred the kind of critical praise and public delight that is currently being heaped on the photographs of Vivian Maier.

International gallery and museum showings, glowing press reviews, books and a documentary — “Finding Vivian Maier,” nominated for an Academy Award this year — are among the responses the work has inspired. All of it completely unexpected.”

—David Coles

 

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