Preview: Vivian Maier, “Out Of The Shadows”, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco

In Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

Vivian Maier, Wilmette, Illinois, 1968

The public exposure continues for this recently discover star who went unnoticed for decades …

Brought to public attention after her death, Vivian Maier’s riveting street photographs sent shockwaves around the photographic world when first shown in 2009. Born in New York, in 1926, and raised in the United States and France, Maier photographed extensively in America and Europe during her private artistic career that spanned over four decades.  She left behind over 100,000 negatives, slides and prints as well as hundreds of undeveloped rolls of film. Her work has been shown internationally in solo exhibitions and museum shows to high critical acclaim.


This is the first exhibition of Maier’s photographs in Northern California.
While always thriving on the energy of the urban environment, Maier not only documented her surroundings compulsively but also consistently coaxed from her human subjects a feeling of intimacy and from her landscapes a deep sense of the mysterious. Often only pausing long enough to make one single photograph of a subject, Maier acted as a transitory presence, reordering the world while being herself a mere temporary apparition, much like her shadow that intrudes into many of her frames.  While the artist herself remained elusive, her photographs continue to inspire wonder and awe at the miracle that is the every day.

February 6 – April 26

For more information: Scott Nichols Gallery

  1. I totally appreciate Vivian’s work and have seen two exhibits of her work in NYC. It is such an amazing story and her images are a true gift. Great post!

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