Guided tour of the Vivian Maier exhibition

A Photographer in the Shadows


Who better than a child's governess to observe the essence of a society? Vivian Maier photographed New York and Chicago during the time of the American dream and overexposed modernity, but also behind the scenes... Her work is to be discovered at the Musée du Luxembourg thanks to a guided tour organized by CultureSecrets. 

To know

Vivian Maier's story is atypical, to say the least. While working as a governess in New York and Chicago, she photographed her daily life in the greatest of secrecy. More than 120,000 images, as well as films and audio recordings, were discovered by chance at a sale in 2007, two years before her death. Her simple but emotionally charged images quickly revealed her as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.

Street scenes, children's portraits... the self-taught photographer immortalized an American society in the midst of social and political change, with a style at the confluence of French and American photography of the 1960s. Vivian Maier also left a legacy of self-portraits... strange precursors of today's selfies!

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Practice info:

Your name will be on a list at the entrance.
Up to two reservations possible per person.

Saturday October 9th at 2:30 pm.
Musée du Luxembourg
19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris

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© Vivian Maier

Musée du Luxembourg 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris