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Who Was Vivian Mayer? Teaneck Lecture Series Explores

Photographer Vivian Maier.
Photographer Vivian Maier. Photo Credit: Twitter

TEANECK, N.J. -- The documentary "Finding Vivian Maier" kicks off The Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series at the Teaneck Library on Friday, Sept. 16.

The series runs on Fridays, September through June, at 10:30 a.m., in the library auditorium. Admission is free, open to all, and no registration is necessary. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Programs include lecturers or films covering topics in the fields of art, music, science, literature, history, and travel.

"Finding Vivian Maier" covers the life and work of career nanny Vivian Maier and her collection of 100,000 photographs.

The 2014 film is not rated and is 1 hour 24 minutes.

Maier (Feb.1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in The Bronx. Although she was born in the U.S., she spent much of her youth in France. She returned to the U.S. in 1951 and worked as a nanny and caregiver for the rest of her life.

Maier took photographs in her spare time over the years 1949-2000, which amounted to over 100,000 negatives from mostly New York and Chicago. She also traveled much of the world on various occasions, depicting the reality of how the world lived in the margins of society.

Her massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 it was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged, with Maloof at the core of the project.

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