Vivian Maier arrives in Madrid

Vivian Maier arrives in Madrid

If you’ve never heard of  Vivian Maier this is the time to make a life changing discovery.  An exhibit celebrating her work as a master street photographer opens today at the Fundación Canal in Madrid and will be there until mid august. This is an event you won’t regret recommending to your friends. Satisfaction guaranteed. I learned about her by chance about a year ago changing TV channels lazily one summer afternoon. There it was: “Finding Vivian Maier”, a documentary never to be forgotten.  It narrated the accidental discovery of thousands of photographs and negatives at a local thrift auction house in Chicago by John Aloof, a conscious minded young man. He wanted to document the history of his neighborhood and all things related to his community. The quality of the work was so astounding that Aloof went on a time consuming quest to learn all there was to learn about the author. Thus, Vivian, a nanny who had led a secluded life and never aspired to emerge out of anonymity, was brought to public attention a few years after she passed away. Click on the links and you’ll find out in detail about her peculiar lifestyle, her struggle to finance her vocational pursuits, her dogged commitment to her art. No concessions made, the streets of Chicago and New York provided her with a subject matter which her eye seized on the spot. No compromises, no mercy. Street life was poignant, relentless and she turned into visual poetry. Some photos are raw, others funny, some are spectacular, they are all imbued with a delicate sense of beauty. It will be very much worth your while if you find time to follow Vivian Maier’s footsteps into the Fundación Canal exhibit. She captured the moment and didn’t make a fuzz about it. Let her be acknowledged. You’ll come out enriched.

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