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Vivian Maier


A black-and-white photograph of a woman's reflection in a store window in an urban setting
Self-Portrait, New York, NY, 1954 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

Next spring, Fotografiska New York will be the first institution to present the extraordinary work of invisible artist Vivian Maier in the United States.

Born in New York in 1926, Vivian Maier spent her early years in the Bronx. Throughout her years in New York City, she began to photograph and build her visual language, all while working as a nanny. Nearly a century later, Maier now figures in the history of photography alongside the greatest masters of the twentieth century.

"The discovery of Vivian Maier's photographs after her death is one of the great serendipities in the history of the medium."
Anne Morin, Director of diChroma photography & Exhibition Curator


Unseen focuses on the whole of her work, from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s, through around 200 works, vintage or modern prints, color, black and white, super 8 films and soundtracks, offering a complete vision of the dense, rich and complex architecture of this archive that provides a fascinating testimony to post-war America and the hell of the American dream.

The exhibition is organized by diChroma photography and Fotografiska New York, in collaboration with the John Maloof Collection, Chicago, and the Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Presented for the first time at Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, from September 15th, 2021 to January 16th, 2022, the exhibition was co-organized by diChroma photography and the Réunion des musées nationaux Grand Palais.

The exhibition is supported by Women In Motion, a Kering program that shines a light on the talent of women in the fields of arts and culture.

A photograph of a man sitting on a public bench with his baby, holding a balloon
Central Park, New York, NY, September 26, 1959 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY
A photograph of a sitting woman posing for the camera with her hand resting on her face
Chicago, IL, May 16, 1957 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY