The first solo exhibition in Madrid, devoted to the work of Vivian Maier (New York, 1926 – Chicago, 2009), was opened last Wednesday 9 September 2015 at Bernal Espacio Galería (Calle Libertad, 22) and will be on display until Saturday 26 September 2015. This exhibition includes a series of thirty photographs that are representative of the secrets of this enigmatic American photographer, together with a video that includes 8mm shots, made by the artist, of passers-by in Chicago.
When in 2007 young John Maloof acquired, in an auction, anonymous negatives of the photographs of Vivian Maier, the world of photography was dazzled. Maloof himself, has recently directed the film Finding Vivian Maier, that was nominated for best documentary at the 87th Academy Awards. The photograph of Vivian Maier is surrounded by several mysteries that concern the photographer herself, a nanny who took compulsively images that she rarely developed; hiding each of the images that show details of everyday life that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. The amazing legacy of her voluminous work, that has remained hidden throughout her life, is today compared to that of Diane Arbus, Robert Frank and Helen Levitt