Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 5-9pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery is proud to present the first Canadian exhibition of photographs
by Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009). “Out of the Shadows” features a selection of Maier’s
photographs from the 1950s through the 1970s, which was a highly creative period in her
In addition to Maier’s characteristic street portraiture, this exhibit will feature a prolific
catalog of images that show an artist with relentless curiosity that worked in a vast range
of subjects and styles. Maier’s unique ability to brilliantly capture the zeitgeist is
particularly apparent in shots of Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street and in protest scenes
taken during the social unrest of 1968.
Maier’s work was discovered in 2007 when boxes of 20,000 black and white negatives,
colour slides, undeveloped film and vintage prints were discovered in a storage locker
and sold at auction in Chicago. Jeffrey Goldstein eventually acquired his collection from
two of the original buyers. Since its discovery, Maier’s work has been exhibited all over
Born in New York, Maier was raised in France until returning to New York City in 1951,
where she began seriously taking photographs, often shooting a full roll of film a day.
She moved to Chicago in 1956, and spent the next 40 years as a nanny, dying at the age
of 83 in 2009 before her work was exhibited.