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Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows opens Thursday at FMoPA

Published on: April 4, 2013

fmopa_logo-web600The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows and the Tampa Collector’s Showcase.  The Exhibition will be on display from Thursday, April 4 through June 16, 2013.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m.

The story of Vivian Maier (1926-2009), who has astonished the world with her photography and who incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century, is seemingly beyond belief.

An American of French and Austro-Hungarian heritage, Vivian bounced between Europe and the United States before coming back to New York City in 1951 and settling in Chicago, where she’d spend most of the rest of her life working primarily as a nanny and later as a caregiver.  During both working hours and leisure, Maier would shoot photos that she zealously hid from the eyes of others.  Taking snapshots into the late 1990s, Maier would leave behind a body of work comprising over 100,000 negatives.

Maier’s massive, never-before- seen, and completely unknown body of work would come to light in 2007 when the contents of her five storage lockers were publicly sold at an auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side.  The work soon went viral, gaining attention from around the world.

Presently, the collection resides in the hands of three collectors.  The works being presently exhibited at FMOPA and those used for the book, Vivian Maier, Out of the Shadows, are exclusive from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection (

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. Maier’s work is part of a renaissance of interest in art that comes from an era of darkrooms and film and the timeless images captured in a manner unique to the medium.

Also on view is the Tampa Collector’s Showcase featuring works from the private collections of Dr. Robert Drapkin, David R. Hall, Robert “Pancho” Sanchez, and William K. Zewadski.  This extensive collection showcases the works of Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Herbert List, August Sander, Jerry Uelsmann and Annie Leibovitz, just to name a few.

For more information, visit FMoPA online at or call 813-221-2222.