£6 Barbican Mondays! Sorry this one is going up near to last minute but until last night I thought I couldn't do tomorrow, and I didn't get in until late, but who can say no to a bargain?
This documentary exists because of John Maloof, an amateur historian and collector, who bought a lot of over 100,000 undeveloped negatives at a Chicago auction with no idea of the story behind them. They turned out to the work of unknown street photographer Vivian Maier, a nanny who had worked both in Chicago and New York, and who had passed away by the time of the purchase. She didn't live to see the negatives developed, and didn't realize her photography would come to be praised as among the best of its type.
Finding Vivian Maier is both an homage to the photography itself and an attempt to learn more about the woman behind the lens, an exceptional artist whose work has only come to light in the last five years. Co-directed by Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Rotten Tomatoes has this pinned at 95%, and even IMDB's more modest score of 7.7/10 is nothing to be sneezed at.
As always we'll stay on for a drink afterwards to discuss the film.
Tickets can be booked here.
Usually I would send out more details to those who have RSVP'd the night before an event but in this case I will instead send them out first thing tomorrow in order to give anyone who would like to come the chance to reply before then.