A selection of 110 photographs is being presented at the Willy-Brandt-Haus from February 19 to April 12, 2015, in collaboration with the Spanish exhibition curator Anne Morin (Director of diChroma photography), who was able to put this collection together in cooperation with the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. After touring Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands, the exhibition is now in Berlin and, as of mid April, will be in Aachen. In addition to 90 black and white pictures that Maier took with her Rolleiflex camera, 20 colour images will also be presented for the first time. As of the mid sixties, the photographer had also begun to take pictures in colour with her Leica IIIc. The colour images are another surprise from Maier’s sensational body of work, which always focussed on life in the streets, passers-by and situations captured by chance. She had a keen sense for the perfect moment, for framing the composition, and was able – as we can now see – to eloquently integrate colour as an aesthetic form of expression, into her photography.
Though Vivian Maier died impoverished and forgotten in Chicago in 2009, her work today is enjoying increased appreciation in the photography scene and among collectors. In Germany, since January 2011, around 80 of Maier’s pieces have been presented through the Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in collaboration with the most important executor, John Maloof, who, together with the New York gallery-owner Howard Greenberg, is promoting the successive processing of the images. In addition, intimate insight into her life and work was revealed in the documentary film Finding Vivian Maier, presented by Maloof, as well as a number of books that have now been published. This new exhibition in Berlin – not least because of the presentation of the colour pictures – offers a further glimpse into Vivian Maier's phenomenal body of work.