BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The photographs of Vivian Maier and the story of their accidental discovery stirred up the art world in 2008.
Before the discovery of her work, Maier was an unknown photographer, working as a nanny in New York and Chicago. She was dubbed as the “Mysterious Nanny Photographer,” and was later the center of Academy Award-nominated documentary “Finding Vivian Maier.”
Starting January 23 through May 22, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum will host “Picturing Vivian Maier: A Street Photographer Revealed,” an exhibition that includes 70 of Maier’s photographs along with recently discovered details about her life. Maier is best known for her candid images of New York and Chicago in the 1950s and 60s.
“This exhibition explores Maier’s life story behind her photographs by looking at different aspects of her personhood,” said Elizabeth Weinstein, LASM’s Assistant Director for Interpretation & Chief Curator. “She was more than a nanny; she was also a world traveler, a keen observer, a collector, and most importantly, a skilled and talented photographer.”
Her work was found after she failed to pay the rent on storage lockers and the contents were auctioned away. The unit included over 140,000 images made of prints, negatives, and rolls of undeveloped film. John Maloof, one of the purchasers of her work, began sharing Maier’s work online, which quickly went viral.
The mystery surrounding the life of the “Nanny Photographer” catapulted interest from around the world.
Within five years of their discovery of Maier’s photographs, museums and galleries exhibited her work. More recently, a show revealed her skills in color photography, which will be displayed at the exhibit in Baton Rouge.