Vivian Maier returns to Helsinki with a new exhibition focusing on street photography
The American photographer Vivian Maier's (1926–2009) The Self-portrait and its Double was the most popular exhibition of the Finnish Museum of Photography ever. Although the exhibition could stay open only two months before the announcement of the state of emergency over coronavirus it still attracted more than 26,000 visitors. The premature closing of the exhibition caused a flood of feedback from people who had not yet had time to see the exhibition or who would have liked to see it again. Now the audience's wishes are being met: Vivian Maier returns to Helsinki with a new exhibition focusing on her most famous work – street photography. The exhibition brings together Maier’s most beloved works from four different decades, from black-and-white photographs to color prints.
Vivian Maier (1926–2009) was an American photographer whose extensive body of work has stormed into the public eye since her death with numerous exhibitions and a documentary film. Maier remained a keen photographer throughout her adult life but never sought to showcase her work. Instead, she earned her living working as a nanny. Maier’s archive of more than 100,000 images was accidentally found in 2007 in a Chicago warehouse where the rent had not been paid in a long time.
The exhibition is curated by Anne Morin, who has been working on Vivian Maier since 2010 and has curated numerous exhibitions of her production. The Vivian Maier exhibition has been produced by diChroma Photography.