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John Maloof didn’t know the treasures he was to find when, in 2007, he purchased a storage unit that had defaulted on its payments. The unit was crammed with undeveloped film belonging to Vivian Maier, an enigmatic photographer born in New York in 1926, whose photographs of street scenes capture the essence of 20th-century America. Maier moved to Chicago in 1956 to work as a nanny. She had her own bathroom, which she converted into a dark room to develop her prints. However, when the children grew up, she had to move on. As she moved from family to family, she was forced to abandon developing her work and her collection of undeveloped film began to pile up. During later life she became destitute, and was living on the streets until the grown-up children of a family she had worked for bought her a flat. She died in 2009 without ever seeing her insightful and thought-provoking images developed. Opening on June 6th, Foto Colectània will exhibit 100 of her photographs.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm. Closed Saturdays in August, Sundays and holidays.
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