On display at Merry Karnowsky Gallery is an exhibition by photographer Vivian Maier entitled 'Vivian Maier : A Life Discovered - Photographs from the Maloof Collection'. Unearthed by John Maloof in 2007 at a local auction house in Chicago, Maier is only now beginning to be recognized as an iconic street photographer from the 40’s, through the 70’s.
Invested in her bird’s eye view of the people who made industrious cities thrive and pulse, Maier captures gentle and poignant moments between parents and children, the disenfranchised and forgotten, in a country on the verge of social and political upheaval. Maier recorded historic landmarks and their demolition as developments were built to replace them over decades.
Maier’s ability to grab the right frame at exactly the right moment, with elements of lighting, movement and essence all aligning, is revealed in the remarkable fact that she seldom shot more than one picture of the same moment in time. An intensely private person who kept most of her work hidden, Maier also created a series of homemade documentary films and audio recordings that have yet to be released to the public. Vivian Maier died in 2009 at the age of 83, before the extent of her legacy had been fully understood or revealed.
Exhibit runs until Saturday, January 28th at Merry Karnowsky. Be sure to check out the works in person.