Book Talk: Vivian Maier – Out of the Shadows

On November 15 from 6-8pm, the DePaul Art Museum is hosting a book talk with Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, co-authors of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows.

Vivian Maier created more than 100,000 negatives during her long life. Only a few of those pictures were ever seen by others. Shortly after Maier died in April of 2009, the first large batch of her unseen photographs—gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty—were shown on a web site. Word of the work spread quickly. “The frames are so spontaneous,” said Mary Ellen Mark, one of the most celebrated photographers of our time. “She is just looking at life and capturing moments that are real. So few people know how to shoot like that.”

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows is the first attempt to put Maier’s work in context. It is based on the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection, a treasure trove of nearly 20,000 black-and-white negatives, color slides, and vintage prints. When combined with interviews with those who knew the photographer best, a remarkable portrait emerges.

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The talk is sponsored by the DePaul University department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse. The event is free and open to the public.

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