Tim Roth Hosts Vivian Maier Photo Collection Exhibition at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Actor and photographer Tim Roth hosts “Vivian Maier: Photographs from the Maloof Collection” gallery exhibition at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery (170 S. La Brea Ave) which was on display until February 27 2016. Virtually unknown photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009) took close to 150,000 photographers during her lifetime while working for over 40 years as a nanny only to be discovered after her death by John Maloof, who bought tens of thousands of Maier’s negatives for less than $400 in 2007 at a local auction house in Chicago. Currently a featured Oscar-nominated documentary on Netflix (“Finding Vivian Maier”), Maier’s overlooked photography during her lifetime has only now been unveiled and closely studied by the art world. Maier’s prevalent use of a Rolleiflex camera she purchased in 1952 offered her a chance to discreetly capture spontaneous street scenes reminiscent of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisette Model, with similar compositions to Andre Kertesz. The Merry Karnowsky Gallery also presented “Vivian Maier – A Life Discovered: Photographs from the Maloof Collection” on January 7, 2012 hosted by Tim Roth. – DIANE ABAPO

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