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Finding Vivian Maier by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the 2014 documentary Finding Vivian Maier by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.

Co-directed by John Maloof, the art history student who discovered Vivian Maier’s body of work at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side, the documentary pays tribute to one of the most significant yet unsung 20th century’s photographers. Unveiling the enigmatic nurse’s life, Finding Vivian Maier is first and foremost an introduction to her art and her keen eye on American society.

Although born in New York City, it was in France, where her mother was from, that Vivian Maier (1926-2009) spent most of her youth. Back in the U.S., she worked for families as a nanny. Even though she always had her Rolleiflex camera with her, they had never seen any of her shots. Intensely guarded and private, Vivian Maier explored the unseen lives of various groups of people and the destitute as well as some of Chicago’s most cherished sites. Her work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

The film will be followed by a wine reception.

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5 Monde.

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