The photographer as the subject — photographs as the reflection of identity. The work of Vivian Maier’s never ceases to amaze, with its many layers and deep meaning. The vast collection of powerful images she created throughout her life continues to spark new debates among photography and art scholars alike.
Vivian Maier — the Self-Portrait and Its Double is an ongoing exhibition at the Centro Cultural Las Condes in Chile. It is produced by diChroma Photography and curated by Anne Morin. The gallery features 83 monochrome and color photographs by Maier and is up for viewing until the 2nd of December, 2018. This exhibition is definitely a must-see for fans (even critics) of Maier’s work.
Aside from her street photographs, Vivian Maier was known for her use of reflections in her self-portraits. She experimented with different ways of capturing herself with the camera. It’s as if she was shaping a delicate testament to her existence through fleeting images. This exhibition focuses on the more personal side of Maier’s work — how she subtly placed herself in front of the camera, even if it meant just photographing her reflection or shadow.
Maier’s use of reflections and shadows was also a means of hiding in plain sight. The uniform shadow in front of the lens hiding her all too human characteristics — reduced to a simple and flawless outline. For her, photographs became a means to a greater end. In that plane of existence, she was who she wanted to be, regardless of time or place.
Her story will always be told by people as long as her photographs are out in the open. It almost seems impossible that we could ever forget the discovery of one of the most powerful street photographers. And although Maier's heritage may not have been intentional, it would be foolish to forget.
All information used in this article was sourced from diChroma Photography.