gb Vivian Maier, Thank you for keeping it alive, part four and final

This translation from Spanish (original text) to English is not professional. I have done it with Google, so there will be linguistic errors that I ask you to know how to hide. Many times I have been asked to read my texts in English, and that is why I decided to do it. In addition to your patience, if you see something that I can correct, and wish to notify me of it, I will be happy to do so. In the meantime, with its lights and shadows, here are the lines that I have written. Hugo Kliczkowski Juritz

Finding Vivian Maier

The theatrical release of “Finding Vivian Maier” in the US was on March 28, 2014.

Vivian Maier (1926 – 2009) always carried a Rolleiflex camera around her neck, but jealously hid her photographs from others.

His black and white photographs, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, are striking images of the architecture and street life of Chicago and New York. He rarely took more than one frame of each image and concentrated on capturing children, women, the elderly, and people on the street. The breadth of Maier’s work also reveals a series of striking self-portraits, as well as prints from his travels to Egypt, Bangkok, Italy, the American Southwest, and elsewhere.

The exhibition “Vivian Maier, Street Photographer” includes more than 100 black and white and color photographs and 8 mm films taken by Maier. The Hamilton Art Gallery is the first Canadian gallery to present the exhibition.

On November 11, 2011, John Maloof presented slides and explained the life and work of Vivian Maier, in New York at the powerHouse Arena at 37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn. John Maloof spoke about his extraordinary discovery of Vivian Maier’s photography. Along with a Q&A and slideshow, Maloof detailed his experience discovering the extensive work of Vivian Maier and shared his insight into the curious Chicago nanny turned posthumous street photographer phenomenon.

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The event was ahead of the launch of Vivian Maier: Street Photographer.

The Maloof Collection and Merry Karnowsky Gallery (170 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles) presented “Vivian Maier: A Life Discovered” on January 7, 2012.

Its opening was filmed and became part of the documentary by “Vivian Maier. Photographs from the Maloof Collection, featured by Tim Roth.

It chronicles the remarkable discovery by John Maloof in 2007 at an auction house in Chicago.

Maier is recognized as a photographer who is an icon of her vision from the 1940s to the 1970s.

He shot more than 2,000 rolls of film, printed more than 3,000 photographs, and produced more than 150,000 negatives depicting the street life and architecture of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the American Southwest, as well as destinations as far away as Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Egypt and Italy.

Maier died in 2009 at the age of 83, before the extent of his legacy was fully understood or revealed.

The Maloof collection is comprised of approximately 90% of Vivian Maier’s work, meticulously reconstructed, archived and catalogued.

The collection contains between 100,000 and 150,000 negatives, more than 3,000 vintage prints, hundreds of rolls of film, home movies, audiotape interviews, original Vivian Maier cameras, documents and various other items.

From June 21 to October 20, 2019, Kutxa Kultur space at Tabakalera in San Sebastián. “We intend for him to access the identity that he never had throughout his life and his place in photography. Give her a beautiful story after her death, because she was never recognized for her origin and her status and submitted to her status as a nanny.” “…Maier’s photographic writing can be compared to that of the great photographers of the 20th century, so exhibitions like this aim to do justice to his memory.” “There are aspects in which she was a pioneer, such as her color work, with which she was 15 or 20 years ahead of that of William Eggleston (1939) in the 70s, and with her super 8 films, in which she anticipated the language of John Cassavetes (1929 – 1989) from the 70s and 80s showing the scenes with his own perspective…I think the fact that he was self-taught gave him a freedom of syntax that differentiated him from the rest”.

The exhibition was curated by Anne Morin (Rouen 1973), a graduate of the École Nationale de Photographie d’Arles and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Montpellier.

“Thank you for keeping me alive”. Sixto Rodriguez

The exhibitions made with material from Vivian Maier have been many, if it makes sense to put some here it is to give the vision of the enormous work that Maloof has done so that Vivian can be present in our lives, perhaps I would never have dreamed or wanted it, but I am I’m sure she would be as surprised as she was delighted, especially because she could have had resources to live her last years with more dignity.

I would have said, like Sixtus, “Thank you for keeping me alive.”

His story reminds me of the story of Sixto Rodríguez (Jesus Sixto Diaz-Rodriguez (Detroit 1942 – 2023), revealed in Malik Bendjelloul’s fantastic 86-minute 2012 Swedish-British documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Sixto Rodríguez (so called because he was the sixth child in the family) was a little-known singer who worked singing in bars.

At the end of the 1960s he was contacted by two music producers who convinced him to record an album, “Cold Fact” in 1970, which did not have commercial success, an attempt the following year with a second album “Coming from Reality” in 1971, neither did It had good sales in the United States.

Sixto never knew of his enormous success in South Africa, after the poor sales of his two albums in the US, he left music and dedicated himself to working in construction.

But, oh surprise, he was no longer an outcast, his work was very well received in South Africa, where the lyrics of his songs and the mystery that surrounded the singer transformed him into a very popular figure among the country’s young people.

His album Cold Fact was adopted as a symbol of the fight against apartheid.

His lyrics, several of his songs were banned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

South African musicians such as Koos Kombuis (1954), Willem Möller and Johannes Kerkorrel (1960) were inspired by Rodriguez’s message.
Thanks to the efforts of two South African fans (Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom) they discover his whereabouts. The documentary narrates the trip that Rodríguez made to South Africa in March 1998, where he played six concerts. After this, the singer continued to live modestly in Detroit and donate all the money raised at the concerts to his family and friends, returning sporadically to the African country to play some concerts.

Fate caused him to be compared to Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.

Our singer died at 81 years old.


MK Gallery, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA, United Kingdom


Werkstattgalerie Hermann Noack, Berlin, Germany

Luxembourg Museum, Paris, France


Cascais Cultural Center, Cascais, Portugal

Fabriken Bästekille, Kivik, Sweden

Porto Seguro Cultural Space, São Paulo, Brazil

Art Angle Corporation, Taipei City, Taiwan

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

FoLa Latin American Photo Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland


Museum of Ancient Évêché, Grenoble, France

Meravigli Way, Milan, Italy

Magazzino delle Idee, Trieste, Italy

Kutxa Kultur Artegunea, San Sebastian, SS, Spain

Somerset House, Strand London, United Kingdom

Sofia Art Galleries, Sofia, Bulgaria

Scuderie del Castello Visconteo, Pavia Italy, Italy

Patio Herreriano Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, Valladolid Spain, Spain

Lumiere Gallery, Atlanta GA, United States

Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, Baton Rouge LA, United States

Les Douches la Galerie, Paris, France


KP Projects, Los Angeles CA, United States
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York NY, United States

Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin, Germany

Hanks Photo Lab, Mount Vernon New York, United States

70 South Gallery, Morristown New Jersey, United States

Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale New York, United States

Pallavicini Palace, Bologna BO, Italy

International Photography Hall of Fame, St. Louis MO, United States


KP Projects, Los Angeles CA, United States

The Granary Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard MA, United States

Doge’s Palace of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York NY, United States

The Art Center in Tarnow, Tarnow, Poland

Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

FoLa Latin American Photo Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina


ILEX Gallery, Rome, Italy

CAMPREDON Art Center, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Les Douches la Galerie, Paris, France

Dell’Arengario Palace, Monza, Italy

Lumiere Gallery, Atlanta GA, United States

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines IA, United States

Canal Isabel II Foundation, Madrid, Spain

Foto Colectania Foundation, Barcelona, ​​Spain

Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas, United States of America

Photobastei, Zurich, Switzerland

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergel Square, Sweden

Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden


Valparaiso Cultural Park, Valparaiso, Chile

Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles CA, United States
Meravigli Way, Milan, Italy

Photo Beijing, Beijing, China

Las Condes Cultural Center, Santiago, Chile

HarperCollins BookLab, New York NY, United States

MAN Museo D’Arte della Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro NU, Italy

Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Sherrick & Paul Gallery, Nashville TN, United States

Museum of Art, Lexington KY, United States

Museum of Image and Sound of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Bernal Space Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Museum of Art, Pullman WA, United States

Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin, Germany


Fifty One Fine art photography, Antwerp, Belgium

Beetles + Huxley, London, United Kingdom

Lumiere Gallery, Atlanta GA, United States

Les Douches la Galerie, Paris, France

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York NY, United States

FotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati OH, United States

Center for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy Victoria, Australia

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden

December 17, 2013 – January 25, 2014

“Vivian Maier: street photographer”

Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden

Dec 2 to Dec 23, 2013

“Vivian Maier”

Beetles+Huxley, London, United Kingdom

November 17, 2013
Presentation of the film “Looking for Vivian Maier” – US premiere

SVA Theatre, New York NY, United States

November 8 to January 4, 2014

“Vivian Maier: a photographic revelation”


October 16 to December 21, 2013

“Vivian Maier exhibition in Paris”

Les Douches la Galerie, Paris, France

October 6 to December 18, 2013

“Vivian Maier: the lens of a woman”

Brandeis University – Women’s Studies Research Center, Waltham MA, USA

September 4 to October 27, 2013

“Vivian Maier Street Photographer”

Isa Spalding Gallery, Toronto, Canada

April 16 to June 29, 2013

“Vivian Maier + Saúl Leiter”

Fifty One Fine art photography, Antwerp, Belgium

March 11 to April 3, 2013

“Vivian Maier”

Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, United Kingdom

October 1 to November 13, 2012

“Vivian Maier: I keep it safe”

Gallery dell’Incisione, Brescia, Italy

September 20 to January 6, 2013

“Vivian Maier”

Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary

February 3 to April 22, 2012

“Vivian Maier: discovered”

Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe NM, United States

January 7 to January 28, 2012

“Vivian Maier” – Hosted by Tim Roth

Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles CA, United States

October 10, 2011 – December 9, 2011
“Vivian Maier – Photographs from the Maloof Collection”

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York NY, United States

September 11 to October 9, 2011

“Vivian Maier – Street Photographer”

Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands

July 29 to September 16, 2011

“Vivian Maier: a life revealed”

Photofusion Gallery, London, United Kingdom

July 5 to August 5, 2011
“A la recherche de Vivian Maier (In Search of Vivian Maier)”

Gap Library, Gap, France

July 1 to July 24, 2011

“Vivian Maier – A life discovered”

London Street Photography Festival, London, United Kingdom

June 28 to July 3, 2011

“A la recherche de Vivian Maier (In Search of Vivian Maier)”

Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur, Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur, France

January 27 to April 28, 2011

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star.”

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories, Hamburg, Germany

January 7 to April 3, 2011

“Looking for Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer”

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL, United States

November 18 to December 4, 2010


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Un comentario en «gb Vivian Maier, Thank you for keeping it alive, part four and final»

  1. Dos historias muy peculiares. La traducción de Google es aceptable aunque cambia el genero de Vivian a cada rato. Un símbolo de estos tiempos.
    Bravo Hugo

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