Finding Vivian Maier
London College of Communication, Main Lecture Theatre, London, SE1 6SB
Screened: 5th May 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Dir: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
2013, 84 minutes
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about Vivian Maier, a photographer who worked as a nanny and who made over 100,000 documentary photographs discovered at public auction and later in storage lockers, and now regarded as a major talent. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.
Maier’s photographs were discovered in 2007 at a local auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. For John Maloof, who purchased much of Maier’s work, the saving, cataloguing and dissemination of the archive became a driving force. Finding Vivian Maier has caused enormous debate- about photography and the way it is historicised, about the position of women in photography’s history, about documentary and biography. A remarkable and unforgettable film about people, places, photographs and relationships.
“A faithful tribute. This fine documentary unveils the ‘mystery woman.'”
The New Yorker