VivianMaierHowardGreenberg5The Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC presents Vivian Maier: Self Portrait from November 8–December 14, 2013.

For years Vivian Maier (1926-2009), a nanny in Chicago and New York, had a hidden life as a street photographer — a poet with a Rolleiflex. The world first got a glimpse of her work in 2007 when a storage-unit legal action put her negatives (100,000+) into the hands of a Chicago-based historian. Since then exhibitions of Vivian Maier’s work have been held in the U.S. and Europe, each revealing new pearls. The Greenberg exhibit coincides with the publication of the book, Vivian Maier: Self Portraits (powerHouse Books, 2013).

In an art world that delights in self-decomposition, Ms. Maier’s photographs offer self-awareness that avoids narcissism—possessing a childlike purity.

Photograph: Stephen Wise