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This film unravels the discovery of 100,000 negatives from a mysterious photographer that shocked the world of photography.
This film unravels the discovery of 100,000 negatives from a mysterious photographer that shocked the world of photography.
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Finding Vivian Maier Exhibition

The Chicago Cultural Center exhibition of Vivian Maier's work opened yesterday. The curators said that it was the largest turnout they've ever had for a first floor opening. It was overwhelming. It runs through April 3rd, so if you're in Chicago and, especially if you're a backer, you should take some time to visit the Cultural Center and see her 72 prints on display.

The opening reception was documented by wonderful volunteers to our film crew and we owe them a huge thank you!

Also, while we were working on this big day, we've doubled our funding goal! We want to thank our almost 800 backers for the continued support. Thank you!


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    1. Toneloof Creator on February 21, 2011

      Roger, not sure why she was in the "Nannies" book. I think it is a compilation of wikipedia articles. Thank you for the support.

      Jeff, I'm sure there are. Much of the archive hasn't even been seen yet. Thanks for the interest.

      @ Everyone: Thank you so much for the support an encouragements!

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      jeff mandel on February 21, 2011

      I am interested in being a backer and would like to know if there are any photos in the collection of Highland Park in the 50's and 60's when she was a nanny there.

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      Hillerstrom on February 7, 2011

      I've read all I can find that you and a few others have posted on the internet. I'm curious about what was said about her in a whole chapter of the "Nannies" book mentioned, too. So far, I've read enough to wonder if someday we'll know enough about her to figure out that she was a gifted woman with Asperger's Syndrome. It seems to me that she has several of the hallmarks. I am mesmerized by the shots you've posted...knowing that she just took them, never saw them, but the lighting and composition are so compelling! Glad to be a backer. Will look forward to the movie and book to enjoy with our daughter, who is also a photographer. Thank you for moving forward with this project.

    4. Catherine La Forza on January 31, 2011

      What a shame that this artist was almost lost to us without ever knowing she existed... she captured so much soul in her images... they are haunting, evocative and in some cases a walk down memory lane to a time that I remember. It is my privilege to be a backer for this project and I wish you the best as you bring Ms Maier's work to life.

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      dianne Iorio on January 30, 2011

      Her pictures are addicting and intoxicating. Thank you. I found this site by accident.

    6. Andy Little on January 27, 2011

      I went on the 20th and it was awesome. Highly recommended for anyone in Chicago or can get there. And it's free!

    7. Dani Jones on January 17, 2011

      I can't wait to see the exhibit! I told the teacher I T.A. for about it and now we're planning a class trip to Chicago to see it. Congrats on getting the project funded!

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      Susanna Smoot on January 9, 2011

      Great exhibit...I was there early on Friday and enjoyed it in peace before the huge masses of folks arrived. Went back today with my husband who couldn't make it on Friday. As we are both photographers, we are especially impressed with her work and appreciate that it is being shared with the world.

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      Daniel Troppy on January 9, 2011

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      Jessica Lee on January 8, 2011

      Went to CCC today with my phellow photo phreak phriends and we LOVED the exhibit!
      It left us wanting more. So nice to see Vivians personal belongings as well, nice touch. I want a green hat like hers! And her cameras, wow. Nice job John and everyone else who was involved in putting the exhibit together. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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      tracy huling on January 8, 2011

      What a wonderful thing you are doing. Can't wait to see her work in NY - has ICP shown any interest? Looking forward to seeing the doc too...hang in there. I'm sure you'll get the support you need to make a great film...

    12. Hanna Ottomine Lind-holm on January 8, 2011

      really like that you guys are working together with lars mortensen i know his work from denmark, happy to be a backer of this great project

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      Susan Knight on January 8, 2011

      Fabulous! Wish I could have been there - California to Chicago - not quite able to master that one yet. Until I'm able, continued success.

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      Jim Sincock on January 8, 2011

      Excellent! It is so incredible to see the support for this project. I am totally going to try to make it back to Chicago to catch this exhibit!

    15. Shane Goldberg on January 8, 2011

      That's awesome!! GREAT work guys :-) You're part of something HUGE!!

    16. Little Shiva on January 8, 2011

      Great! Congratulations!