Through September 14, Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto is presenting the first Canadian exhibition of Vivian Maier’s photographs. Vivian Maier was a street photographer whose work was discovered in 2007 when boxes of her negatives, slides, prints and undeveloped film were sold to Jeffrey Goldstein in an auction.
Maier was born in New York City in 1926, but she grew up in France. In 1951, she returned to New York City and began doing photography. She moved to Chicago five years later. Though she worked the following 40 years as a nanny, she dedicated herself to photography, often shooting a roll of film a day. She died in 2009 before her work was exhibited, but since then her exceptional images have been seen around the world. Out of the Shadows features Maier’s work from the 1950s to 1970s, which captures an era of great social change.