Professional nanny turned photography icon, Vivian Maier’s vast catalogue of photographs presents an intimate and striking portrayal of 20th-century America.

Vivian Maier was a professional nanny, working in Chicago and New York – it was during these years she took hundreds of thousands of photographs, found in her belongings in 2007. Her images highlight the vast gap between the wealthy and the destitute in 20th-century America, depicting the rich and glamorous alongside the homeless and destitute.

Images on display celebrate the highs and lows of everyday life, featuring shop windows, arcades, abandoned toys and commuters going about their business. Peppered with humour and wit, her photographs are particularly celebrated for capturing improvised moments, community spirit and a deep sense of humanity.

Explore Maier’s fascination with everyday America through 130 black and white and colour photographs, plus film and audio detailing the breadth of her work.

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MK Gallery

900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3QA

01908 676900


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