An Exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier (1926-2009) will open this Friday 7th of January running until Sunday the 3rd of April at the Chicago Cultural Centre.

The Chicago Cultural Centre will exhibit photographs from the Chicago nanny who spent a lifetime documenting the streets on film. Up until now the collection of photographs remained private and has not previously been shown to the public. The artist led a private life and it was not until her work was recently discovered by a former estate agent at an auction house in Chicago that the quality of her work was recognised.

Maier took over 100,00o photos over her lifetime and these were not discovered until John Maloof purchased a box of contents from a repossessed storage locker in 2007 containing around 30,000 negatives, at which point he noticed the quality of the photographs and went about finding other people who had purchased items from the estate to put together a collection of approximately; 100,000 negatives, 3,000 prints and some 2,000 rolls of film. They have taken on the huge task of scanning and archiving the collection and at last count they had managed to get through about 10,000 negatives.

The Exhibition will feature approximately 72 images mostly in black-and-white shot by Maier through the fifties, sixties and seventies.

Thanks to AM for the info.