Self-portraiture was a near-obsessive occupation for Maier as she documented her introspective journey throughout the streets of burgeoning metropolises. As seen in “Untitled,” Maier’s intention to only capture herself from behind, making visible her overflowing pockets, articulates the part-time photographer’s dynamic lifestyle and her negotiation of her craft with the other aspects of her personhood.
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2014: “Vivian Maier: Street Photographer,” Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013-2014: “A Life Discovered: Redux,” Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013-2014: “Vivian Maier Self-Portrait,” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
2013: Beetles + Huxley, London

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Acquired from above by current owner

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Vivian Maier (American, 1926-2009) was a street photographer who captured the wonders and idiosyncrasies of urban life, particularly those of Chicago, along with New York and Los Angeles. Working for over 40 years as a nanny in Chicago’s North Shore, Maier pursued photography as an introspective hobby. Her contribution to photography was not perceived as an artistic revelation until 2007, when John Maloof discovered her photographs at a local thrift auction house in Chicago. Maier’s understanding of light, frame, and moment converge to produce images that are both beautiful and culturally significant. She left behind a body of work that exceeded 100,000 negatives.

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Untitled, 1959
Lot Number 125
Gelatin silver print
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm) - Image size: 12 x 12 in; Paper size: 20 x 16
Edition of 15
Photographer's collection stamp signed by John Maloof with date, print date and edition number in ink on print

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  • Dimensions
    20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm) - Image size: 12 x 12 in; Paper size: 20 x 16