Photographs by US nanny Vivian Maier who created an archive of 100,000 negatives and undeveloped roll films but died before achieving fame are set to go on show in London
© Vivian Maier/John Maloof Collection Image courtesy of Beetles + Huxley
Maier’s ascent from recluse to revered artist is phenomenal and one of the most remarkable stories in the history of photography, explains the Beetles+Huxley gallery that will host the exhibition from 4 August to 5 September.
Maier’s street photography will be shown alongside her self-portraits in the form of hand-printed photos from the original negatives and including many rarely seen images.
Vivian Maier took photos of the ‘downtrodden as well as the well-heeled’ and was ‘endlessly inspired by the lives around her’, adds the gallery which is near Regent’s Street.
‘If it had not been for a chance discovery at a Chicago auction in 2007, the world would still be unaware of her vast oeuvre and undeniable talent.
‘Maier held the accumulation of her passion for photography in storage lockers, as she had no permanent home of her own.
‘Undeveloped film, negatives and prints from her storage locker were auctioned off when Maier fell on hard times later in her life…
‘Her photographs show her exceptional eye for detail and flair for composition. They are witty and intelligent, and charged with a strong sense of empathy.’
Beetles+Huxley is situated at 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE. Tel: 020 7434 4319.
For details visit www.beetlesandhuxley.com