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Vivian Maier

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From February 19 to April 12, 2015, the Willy-Brandt-Haus Circle of Friends is presenting the exhibition "Vivian Maier – Street Photographer" for the first time in Germany, with a selection of 120 pieces.

Within a few years, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) became considered one of America's most important 20th century photographers. Curiously enough, she never showed anyone her roughly 150,000 photos whilst she was alive, and also never saw most of the work herself. A few thousand undeveloped films were among the vintage pictures and negatives that went into compulsory auction in 2007, and were purchased by the three highest bidders.

Vivian Maier was born in New York in 1926, the daughter of European immigrants. She earned her living as a nanny for over 40 years, though her real passion was photography. She began photographing urban life on the streets of New York and Chicago with a Rolleiflex camera, and later with a Leica IIIc.

The viewer today not only experiences the passers-by from that era, but also gains insight into daily living conditions in America's big cities during the second half of the 20th century.

Further information at: Willy-Brandt-Haus

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