‘Finding Vivian Maier’ is the remarkable story of a Chicago nanny and street photographer whose spectacular photographs remained hidden to the public for decades and who is only now being recognised as one of the most important contributors to 20th century American street photography.
In 2007 Chicago historian John Maloof acquired over 100,000 negatives at an auction for a book he was planning to write about his neighbourhood. He promptly put them away after deciding not to use them. However, when he later examined the images further he realised what an amazing collection of black and white street photographs he had, dating from the 1950s and 1960s. He discovered they had been taken by Vivian Maier, a New York-born woman who had worked for many years as a housekeeper and nanny in Chicago.
‘Finding Vivian Maier’ documents Maloof’s efforts to discover more about this extremely private person and features fascinating interviews with people who knew her up until her death in 2009.
‘Finding Vivian Maier’ will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, May 20th at 8pm. Tickets: €9 (€7 concession & €5 Film Club members).
For more information call the box office on 0504-90204 or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.