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International Women's Day

This year ACP will be celebrating International Women's Day (March 8) by paying homage to two important female figures in photography; Francesca Woodman and Vivian Maier.

As part of our new Profile Series, reflecting on the life and work of key figures in photography. ACP curator Claire Monneraye will present the first in this series discussing the influence of American photographer Francesca Woodman. 

Working throughout the 1970s, Woodman’s productive and promising career was cut short by her death in 1981. With a focus on self-portraiture and female representation, Woodman’s work sparked a timely discussion on the female body and continues to be a source of inspiration for many photographers. Claire Monneraye has curated the current group show on exhibition Dear Sylvia, featuring nine national and international female photomedia artists

Following this presentation ACP will be screening Oscar nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier. The film investigates the life of Vivian Maier, a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers, only discovered decades.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s curious and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Maier’s enormous body of work would come to light when, in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof. Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography. 



Image: © Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait, 1954. Source: http://www.vivianmaier.com/gallery/self-portraits/#slide-38