Gallery of Fine Art Photography - Atlanta GA

[portfolio_slideshow id=12269]

Visions of Society:
The Photographic Insight of Ruth-Marion Baruch

Self-Portrait, Ruth-Marion Baruch

June 9th: 2PM @ The Breman

An enlightening panel discussion on Ruth-Marion Baruch’s influential work and her role in the California School of Photography. This event, chaired by Bob Yellowlees and featuring Jennifer McFarland and Teresa Mora, will be held at The Breman. Jennifer McFarland will present a personal look into Ruth-Marion’s life and her poetic expressions, drawing from Baruch’s archived collections. Teresa Mora, from her vast experience at UC Santa Cruz, will discuss the significant bodies of work featured in the exhibition. The session will transition into a moderated discussion, emphasizing the themes presented, and conclude with an audience Q&A.

Get Your Free Tickets Here

Ruth-Marion Baruch was a visionary photographer known for her poignant and deeply empathetic portrayals of various communities in San Francisco during the 1960s. Her works, currently on display at The Breman, alongside her husband Pirkle Jones, capture the essence of social movements and everyday life, making her a pivotal figure in the California School of photography.

Jennifer McFarland met Ruth-Marion and Pirkle Jones in the early ’70s, and their friendship spanned nearly four decades. Jennifer, having previously worked in heavy industrial construction, later dedicated thirteen years to archiving Jones and Baruch’s collections, contributing significantly to the preservation and understanding of their works.

Teresa Mora, Head of Special Collections & Archives at UC Santa Cruz, manages the Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones archive. Her commitment to making these collections accessible reflects her broader dedication to archival preservation and education.

Visit the Ruth-Marion Baruch Retrospective at The Breman before and after the panel.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the legacy of Ruth-Marion Baruch and her contributions to the California School of Photography. Dive into a world of visual storytelling that continues to inspire generations of photographers and artists.

We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of rich discussion and discovery at The Breman.

Admission to this program is free as part of the Something Special Sundays series, presented by Marilyn Ginsberg Eckstein. The Breman is located at 1440 Spring Street in Mid-town Atlanta, free secure parking access from 18th St. (across from the Center for Puppetry Arts)

Posted in: What's New

Death Of A Valley

Closing June 9th @ the Booth Museum

Photography by: Dorothea Lange & Pirkle Jones

Featuring photographs by two of the 20th century’s most important photographers, Death of a Valley is a nearly 70-year-old story full of contemporary issues such as water policy, private property rights, land conservation and local governance vs. state and federal jurisdiction.

Dorothea Lange is famous for her social realist images, including the iconic Migrant Mother which many consider a defining image of the Dustbowl and Great Depression era of the 1930s. In 1956 she convinced Life magazine to commission a photo essay documenting the last year of the Berryessa Valley, including the town of Monticello, roughly 80 miles northeast of San Francisco. The entire area was due to be submerged with the opening of the Monticello Dam and the creation of Lake Berryessa to provide water for irrigation and recreational purposes.

Lange then invited Ansel Adams protege Pirkle Jones to collaborate on the project. “The Berryessa Project was one of the most meaningful photographic experiences of my professional life. When Dorothea Lange, a friend, and colleague, invited me to collaborate on this project with her in 1956, I looked forward to the experience.” –Photographer Pirkle Jones.

Click here to see the exhibition page on the Lumiere website.
Click here to see the exhibition page on the Booth Western Art Museum’s website.

Albert McKenzie; Inside Cook, McKenzie & Son Store, 1956 • photograph by Dorothea Lange

The essay proved unsettling for Life, and they declined to publish it. In 1960, the photographic journal of the Aperture Foundation published thirty of the photos as an essay entitled “Death of a Valley.” These photographs were then exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and, later, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Booth Museum exhibition, organized with Lumière of Atlanta, the Special Collections and Archives Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Robert Yellowlees Special Collection. It includes over 80 images. It runs until June 9, 2024.

Posted in: What's New

Ruth-Marion Baruch • Retrospective

Now On View @ The Breman

Ruth-Marion Baruch (1922-1997) was born in Berlin, German and raised in New York City. At the age of 22 she had already earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri, and embarked on a MFA from Ohio University. She was the first woman in the country to receive such a degree. Her thesis was entitled: Edward Weston: The Man, The Artist, and The Photographer. Baruch continued her education at the California School of Fine Arts. She was a member of the inaugural class of the program established by Ansel Adams and Minor White. It was there that she met her husband, the photographer, Pirkle Jones,

The exhibition features more than 60 vintage photographs, from various bodies of work including captivating images from the streets of San Francisco.

Click here to see the exhibition page on the Lumiere website.

Two Nuns and Child, 1948 • Featured in the 1955 MoMA exhibition, The Family of Man

Posted in: What's New

Ruth-Marion Baruch in Context:
A Curators Perspective

Julian Cox @ The Breman

Sunday August 4th

Julian Cox, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, the Art Gallery of Ontario will discuss Ruth-Marion Baruch and her unique place in photo history and curating her work into the 2017 exhibition: The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll. Cox will also discuss his recent exhibition, Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows, which originated at the Art Gallery of Ontario and is now scheduled for multiple sites in Europe.

This event is in collaboration with The Breman, which is currently exhibiting Ruth-Marion Baruch – Retrospective.

Julian Cox

Julian Cox has been at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, since 2018. Previously he was the founding curator of photography and chief curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2010-2017. Prior to that Cox was curator of photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, 2005-2010.

Cox is co-author of the critically acclaimed publication: Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs (2003), the first catalogue raisonné produced on the work of a photographer. He is the author of many scholarly articles and books. His most recent publications are:- KAWS: FAMILY (2023); Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows (2022) and Matthew Wong: Blue View (2021). Some of his titles dedicated to photography include: Harry Callahan: Eleanor (2007); Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 (2008); and Danny Lyon: Message to the Future (2016).

Posted in: What's New

Culture Shock @ The Breman Museum

Previous Exhibition

Culture Shock focused on an early period of creative flowering for the Jewish photographer, a German refugee who arrived in the U.S. during the Great Depression. The exhibition showcased over 60 revealing images of American popular culture that Gutmann captured as only an outsider could.

The exhibition: Culture Shock, featured the work of John Gutmann, An archive of the exhibition can be found at THIS LINK.

Presentation by Jane Levy Reed

Below is the presentation delivered at the Breman Museum on October 2, 2022, by filmmaker Jane Levy Reed. Reed a close personal friend of Gutmann, shared her insights and knowledge of the artist.

An online 3D Tour is now available, and a version of the virtual exhibition can be found on the Lumière website at this LINK.

Posted in: Dialogue, What's New

Vivian Maier Developed – Ann Marks

Presented October 5th at Lumière

Lumière is pleased to post the video of the gallery talk given by author Ann Marks. She discussed her new book – Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny. In this definitive biography, Marks discovered the full story of the photographer’s extraordinary life, revealing Maier’s profoundly intelligent, empathetic and inspired artistry. All that behind a veneer detached from life around her.

Marks spent thirty years as a senior corporate executive including serving as chief marketing officer for Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal. After retirement, she put her research and analytical skills to use as an amateur genealogist unlocking the mysterious life of photographer Vivian Maier. Marks examined Maier’s 140,000 image archive and extensively researched her family history, both in France and the United Stated. She is now the authority for information related to the photographer’s life and work.

Posted in: News, What's New

Arnold Newman portrait of Igor Stravinsky

Celebrating the 140th Birthday of Igor Stravinsky

When I think of Stravinsky, my first thought is not about his music, it is an “image” that comes to mind. The iconic and powerful portrait by Arnold Newman. This article from NPR (from 2013) on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the “Rite Of Spring” provided thought provoking insight into Igor Stravinsky’s pivotal place in the history of classical musical.
Follow this link to hear the 7 minute segment on the NPR web Site.

Also worth a read is the account of the riot which occurred at the debut of the work on May 29th, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. “As the ballet progressed, so did the audience’s discomfort…”

Igor Stravinsky, New York, NY, 1960, © Arnold Newman

Greg Heisler – from the Lumiére lecture at the High Museum on October 8, 2008.

Additional comments can be found on the Lumiere Facebook Page..

Vivian Maier Developed

Now On Sale

The long awaited biography of the mysterious Vivian Maier is now on sale, Ann Marks after years of exhaustive research has uncovered a detailed portrait of the elusive Vivian Maier. Follow this LINK to read a recent review by Marion Winik of the Washington Post.

Below is an interview with Author Anne Marks, from WTTW Chicago. 7:08 (Posted 12/29/21)

Posted in: What's New

Stephen Lawson – Camera Evolution

Stephen Lawson describes his evolution as a photographer and the construction of unique cameras that were instrumental in the creation of his art. The series of 4 videos describe Lawson’s unique background and dogged pursuit to create cameras to realize his vision.

First Cameras:
“Cut and Paste” Panoramas

Second Group of Cameras:
“Compiled Strip, One Negative” Panoramas

Third Group of Cameras:
“Continuous Motorized” Panoramas

Forth Group of Cameras:
“Hand-Held Motorized” Panoramas

Art of Collecting… Art

Virtual Exhibition Now on-line

Lumière is pleased to announce our on-line exhibition as part of the 2020 ACP Programming. View our updated 3-D tour of the exhibition and dive deep into featured video content on many of the artists.

View the ACP Enhanced Listing at this link here.

Posted in: What's New

Peter Essick – New Book

Fernbank Forest – by Fall Line Press

The book is the result of a commission from Fernbank Museum to document Fernbank, a 65 acre old-growth forest in Atlanta proper, during a period of restoration. Essick photographed the forest over a two-year period with the goal to produce a personal vision of this natural ecosystem that can coexist with a large metropolitan city. The book contains an insightful essay by Janisse Ray, an American author whose work grapples with the beauty, intricacy, and heartbreak of the biosphere. She tells the story of how Emily Harrison worked to preserve the forest beginning in the 1930s.
Purchase a copy from Fall Line Press.

Fernbank Forest has also been featured in the following publications:
South By Southeast Photomagazine
Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life

Excerpts from the film, Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. This film is an engaging and penetrating look at a life devoted to photography, profiling the life and work of an artist who recorded some of the most evocative photographic images of the 20th century. Dorothea Lange’s artistic achievements and untiring investigations into the diversity of American life and culture are presented through interviews with her sons and assistants.

Berenice Abbott – A Life In Photography

The comprehensive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, a trailblazing documentary modernist, author, and inventor.

Berenice Abbott is to American photography as Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. She was a photographer of astounding innovation and artistry, a pioneer in both her personal and professional life. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography, but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. Famously reticent in public, Abbott’s fascinating life has long remained a mystery—until now.

In Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, author, archivist, and curator Julia Van Haaften brings this iconic public figure to life alongside outlandish, familiar characters from artist Man Ray to cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener.

The Book was published by W. W. Norton & Co., 4/10/18.
A review was published April 9th in the New York Times.

Posted in: What's New

Berenice Abbott – Documenting Science

Born in 1898, Berenice Abbott’s formative years as an artist were spent in Paris. Her classic images in the Changing New York series were published in 1939, ten years after her return from France. It provides a comprehensive picture of the city, much as Eugene Atget had done with his monumental work on Paris. Documenting Science was a partnership with MIT for use in school textbooks. It’s subject and design elements are as timeless as nature and science themselves.

Vivian Maier Developed

Presentation by Ann Marks

The Real Story of the Photographer Nanny and a Thematic Review of her Work
Thank you to the standing room crowd who braved the elements on Saturday, January 19th.
Ann Marks

Ann Marks

When John Maloof’s 2013 documentary Finding Vivian Maier debuted, former New York business executive Ann Marks was one of thousands of people who were intrigued by the story of a mysterious Chicago nanny who made over 100,000 photographs that were hidden away unseen in storage lockers until John Maloof discovered them in 2007. Maier, who died in 2009 and never tried to exhibit or publicize her work during her lifetime, is now being hailed by critics as a master of street photography.
Marks felt such a keen interest in Maier’s life after watching the documentary and undertook a personal research project to fill in the blanks in this elusive artist’s life.
“When I saw the movie Finding Vivian Maier I was so taken with the story and images, that I went online for more information. I felt if I understood Maier’s background, I could better understand her work. At the time, Cook County was looking for Vivian’s brother as he was the designated heir to her estate. I said to myself, ‘I bet I can find what happened to him’ and I did,” Marks said in a recent interview.
Virtually nothing was known about Vivian Maier before John Maloof purchased her photographs that were found in a defaulted storage locker and auctioned off. Maloof is the primary owner of Maier’s images and has been the driving force to bring her story to the public.
Despite the publication of several photo books of Maier’s work and the creation of the documentary, her family history remained a mystery. According to most accounts, Vivian was an extremely private person and rarely spoke of herself at all. Enter Ann Marks… For 30 years Marks was a marketing executive and worked for Kraft General Foods, American Express and Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal. The skills she developed in her career helped her make important discoveries about Maier’s past. “I think my business background does tie into my work related to Vivian Maier. An important part of my work was understanding people through research—what they ate, how they shopped, what they read, how they made decisions—and the type of research I am doing regarding Vivian is an extension of that interest and expertise,” Marks said.
Marks dug though historical documents and government records to establish previously unknown facts about the photographer’s ancestry and life and collaborated with supporters in her hometown in the Haute Alpes. The only person to have access to Vivian Maier’s complete archive, Marks studied photographs for clues that enabled her to track down and interview individuals from Maier’s entire life, including those who knew her in New York during the time she began photography.
The Lumiere presentation covered key events from Maier’s life that informed her work as well as overarching themes represented in both her black & white and color images.
To see more of Vivian Maier’s B&W work visit her Lumière B&W artist page,
To see more of Vivian Maier’s Color work visit her Lumière Color artist page,
Or the exhibition page, Vivian Maier: The Color Work.
Posted in: What's New
Yevgeny Khaldei “Badass War Hero”

Yevgeny Khaldei “Badass War Hero”

In a post on the comedy web site, the Russian photographer Yevgeny Khaldei was cited as one of The 5 Most Badass War Heroes Who Never Held a Weapon. Khaldei came in at the #2 position on the list of 5.

Follow the link to see the entire article and read the colorful account of Khaldei’s life. A more complete biography of Khaldei’s life can be found in the Artist Section of our web site, including a gallery of images by Khaldei.

Our exhibition, Photography as Propaganda – Politics and the Utopian Dream, featured eight photographs by Khaldei. The 70+ print exhibition included 3 variation of his most famous image: Raising The Hammer & Sickle over the Reichstag, May of 1945.

Wynn Bullock: Photographer

A unique opportunity to see and hear Wynn as he discusses his work, his techniques, and his philosophy. Produced and directed by Thom Tyson in 1975, this documentary was originally released in 1976 as a 28-minute 16mm film. It was digitally reformatted in 2009, the link below will take you to the Wynn Bullock web page where you can purchase a copy for $20.
Wynn Bullock:Photographer.

Imogen Cunningham – Portrait Of Imogen

Excerpts from the film, Portrait of Imogen. With a sharp wit and a unique perspective on photography, Imogen Cunningham reveals how she carved out her impressive career while maintaining a household and raising a family. In a professional career of 75 years, Imogen had an enormous influence on the aesthetics of American photography.

Edward Weston – Exclusive Video

Brett, Cole & Neil Weston, Discuss Their Father

In this video from 1971 Brett, Cole and Neil Weston discuss the work of their father and add personal stories of what is was like to grow up as sons of this iconic artist.

The video is from the Eikon Gallery Video Series (14:01 length). The host is Steve James, he, along with his wife Sue were owners and operators of the Eikon Gallery in Monterey California in the early 1970’s. In the summer and fall of 1971 they produced 14 episodes in this series featuring photographers and photography related topics. Guests included, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Beaumont Newhall, Al Weber and others.

Bob Kolbrener: 50 years in the West

November 2018 – June 2019

This retrospective of Bob Kolbrener’s photography showcases his extensive body of work in the American West, all created in the “old fashioned way,” using large format cameras, black and white film and fiber-based prints. Having trained under Ansel Adams, Kolbrener captures breathtaking moments in nature along with other powerful images, infused with his keen insights and occasional bit of dry humor.

Listen to comments recorded several years ago at the opening of the exhibition, Picturing the West, photography by Bob Kolbrener. He discusses his personal history, photographic methodology and his dedication to the art of traditional silver gelatin based photography.

Richard Pare: At Maison La Roche (Paris France)

In Conjunction with Le Corbusier Foundation

In addition to Richard’s work currently on view at Lumière in Epic Design . . . Ando & Le Corbusier, it is also on view in Paris France. Above and below are images of the installation in Maison La Roche. Additional information on the French exhibition can be found on the Le Corbusier Foundations Website, and in a post by the French on-line magazine, Eye On Photography (L’Œil de la Photographie).

Epic Design . . . Ando & Le Corbusier, has been extended until January 25, 2019

Posted in: What's New

Tadao Ando – Review in the New York Times

October 19, 2018

A review of the exhibition Tadao Ando: The Challenge was published October 18th in the international edition of the New York Times, (link to the full review). The exhibition was on view at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, from October thru December 31, 2018.

Photographs by Richard Pare of Ando’s work are also a key element of the current Lumière exhibiton: Epic Designs… Ando & Le Corbusier, photography by Richard Pare. Interesting to note: the article opens with a reference to a journey the 24 year old Ando took in 1965 to see the Le Corbusier iconic structure Villa Savoye in Poissy France (image below).

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, © Richard Pare

Posted in: What's New

Rex Naden Landscape Photographer

In this video Naden provides insight into his landscape photography, discussing his methods and motivations. As well as his thoughts on teaching workshops and electronic publishing.

Cara Weston & Julieanne Kost,
Featured in 2018 Designer Showhouse

The photography of Cara Weston and Julieanne Kost was featured in the 2018 Designer Showhouse. Their serene landscapes, selected by designer James Michael Howard complimented his bedroom installation. The Showhouse was on view from April 24 – May 13, 2018 (2805 Normandy Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305).

The third annual Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefiting the Atlanta History Center, celebrates the Southeast’s genteel hospitality and flourishing design industry, as well as the beauty the region offers throughout spring. This year brought together 15 interior design firms from Atlanta, Charlotte, North Caroline, Charleston, South Carolina, Montgomery, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida, with Honorary Chair Beth Webb at the helm.

Additional work by Cara Weston can be found on her artist page.
Additional work by Julieanne Kost can be found on her artist page.

Posted in: What's New

Al Clayton in Creative Loafing

A new article by William Hedgepeth titled A Look Back: was published April 4th in Creative Loafing. Hedgepeth delivers a fitting tribute to Al Clayton’s photography and humanity. The full article can be seen on the Creative Loafing website.

Al’s bio and work can be found on his Lumiere Artist Page.

Posted in: What's New

Featured Artist: Al Clayton
AJC article & Republished Book

Lumière is proud to present the work of Al Clayton. Clayton had a long and varied career in photography and was active in Atlanta, Nashville and throughout the Southeast. His work featured in the highly regarded book, Still Hungry In America, was republished (3/1/18) by the University of Georgia Press in conjunction with the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Originally published in 1969, the documentary evidence of poverty and malnutrition in the American South showcased in Still Hungry in America still resonates today. The work was created to complement a July 1967 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty hearings on hunger in America.The work documents conditions in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta and was instrumental in re-vamping the Food Stamp program in the late 1960’s.

This republished book was also the focal point of an Atlanta Journal & Constitution article published Sunday March 11, 2018. Select this link to read that story on the AJC website. (subscription required)

Additional images from this body of work, his intimate Nashville portraits, and work from Atlanta in the 80’s and 90’s can be found on his Lumière artist page.

Posted in: What's New

Telfair Museum Features Edward Weston

On March 2nd the Telfair Museum in Savannah GA opened an exhibition titled: Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art, it will run until September 23, 2018. Lumière was pleased to loan a photograph of the iconic cemetery taken by Edward Weston for the exhibition.

In May of 1941 Weston and his recent bride Charis Wilson began a trip working on a commission to illustrate a new edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. The journey would cover 20,000 miles through 24 states, after the attack of Pearl Harbor in December they curtailed the project and returned to California. During this trip Weston took between 700 and 800 8×10 negatives as well as dozens of Graflex portraits.

Edward Weston – St Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA, 1941

Featured Artist: Richard Pare

Richard Pare was born in England in 1948. He studied photography and graphic design in Winchester and at Ravensbourne College of Art before moving to the United States in 1971. In 1973 he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and since then he has been working as a photographer with a particular affinity for architecture.

Featured below are images of work by Japan’s leading architect, Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light Volume 1 (2nd Edition). The book features digitally remastered photographs by Richard Pare and was re-released on February 19, 2018.

Lumière is proud to feature Richards’s work in two exhibitions – The Lost Vanguard & Le Corbusier.
Additional information and more images can also be found on his recently updated artist page.

Posted in: What's New

Featured Artist: Cara Weston

Cara Weston is a fine art photographer living and working in the Big Sur area of California. She is the daughter of renowned photographer Cole Weston and actress Helen Prosser-Weston, niece of Brett Weston and granddaughter of Edward Weston. Eighteen new images have been added to Cara’s artist page. Several of these images are displayed below.

Lumière is proud to feature Cara’s work in our exhibition – The Weston Legacy.
Additional information can also be found on her artist page.

Posted in: What's New

Cole Weston’s 100th Birthday

January 30th, 2019

Cole Weston (January 30, 1919 – April 20, 2003) was the 4th and youngest son of photographer Edward Weston and brother of photographer Brett Weston. He dedicated his life to photography and the theater. Cole was best known for his evocative color photography and, as stipulated by his father’s will, Cole continued to print Edward Weston’s negatives after his death in 1958 until 2003.

Lumière is proud to feature Cole’s work in our exhibition – The Weston Legacy.
Additional information can also be found on his artist page.

Posted in: News, What's New

David Hayes – Sculptor

Excerpts from the film – One Fine Day, by Charles Mann. The film was recorded in March of 2013, one month before Hayes passed away at his home in Coventry Connecticut. It includes comments by Hayes and his son on his sculpture and a small exhibition featuring his hanging pieces at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester CT. Footage also includes a tour of his sculpture meadows.

Tour Lumiere

Below is a virtual tour of the gallery. The tour showcases two exhibitions Southern Heritage (front gallery) and Vivian Maier – A Deeper Look in the back gallery.

Posted in: What's New

Vivian Maier Developed – Ann Marks

Vivian Maier Developed, How Life Events Informed Her Personality, Perspective and Photography.
November 12, 2016, researcher Ann Marks delivered a fascinating look into the genealogy and life of Vivian Maier, the elusive Chicago nanny whose street photography continues to capture the attention of the public and the art world, during a lecture broadcast at Lumière via Skype. Marks shared new insights and previously unknown facts about Maier during this public event.
Ann Marks, a retired business executive with 30 years of experience in marketing at Kraft General Foods, American Express and The Wall Street Journal, became interested in Maier after watching the documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. A devotee of mysteries and challenges, Marks set out, guided by her curiosity and research skills, to sift through census, court and government records to reveal more of Maier’s past.
Ann Marks

Ann Marks

Despite all the attention devoted to Maier, even the basic facts of her heritage were murky. Maier, who died in 2009, said little about her background and her work as a photographer to her friends and employers during her life. Due in part to Marks research, now it is public knowledge that Vivian Maier was born into a deeply unhappy and neglectful family. Her parents divorced early in her childhood, which led to her father’s disappearance from the family. Vivian and her brother Charles, who was also called Karl, were apparently not given much affection or even basic care from their mother.
Eugenie Jaussaud, Maier’s maternal grandmother, was an island of love and support for her granddaughter. Jaussaud, an immigrant from the French Alps, was employed as a cook for some of New York’s most socially prominent families. Through her work in these grand houses, Vivian was able to glimpse a larger world, though as the grandchild of a servant, she knew that she did not truly belong in this elite world. Jaussaud, who was by all accounts an excellent cook, also supported the Maier family financially through her earnings.
“I found it significant that Vivian started her photography when her grandmother died, severing her last connection to a close relative. I believe this was a trigger for her need to photograph—to capture pieces of life and call them her own for her own sense of identity,“ Marks said in a recent interview.
Perhaps the most significant discovery brought to light by Marks are the government records pertaining to Vivian’s estranged brother, Karl Maier, who was a drug addict and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. “It had been over a year since the film was produced but there were no new discoveries. At the time, Cook County was looking for Vivian’s brother as he was the designated heir to her estate. I said to myself, ‘I bet I can find him’ and I did,” Marks said. Here she elaborates further:
The most interesting find by far was Vivian’s brother’s file from his three years at the Coxsackie Vocational detention center that I found in the New York Archives in Albany. There were 100 pages about his life including letters from every member of the family and detailed reports on his domestic situation. From this I gleaned an understanding of the family relationships and each member’s personality using their own words. The woman I believe had the most positive influence on Vivian’s life was her grandmother Eugenie Jaussaud. She worked as a cook for the richest families in American and at one point wrote to her grandson from the Vanderbilt estate in Palm Beach, addressing the envelope ‘Coxsackie Vacational.’ She comes across as wise, responsible and charming. When she died in 1948, Eugenie left Vivian money that she used to buy her first camera.
Because her research enabled Marks to gain a deeper understanding of Maier, she takes issue with the often repeated idea that Maier never showed her work to others because she was so private.
“She took pictures because she needed to take pictures for herself. That said, indications are that she thought her work was strong, but even if she wanted to come forth as an artist she didn’t have the skills, means, or relationships to do so. Many have taken this to mean that Vivian Maier was so private that she wouldn’t have wanted her work to be shown. I strongly disagree with this assessment. Vivian wasn’t private, she was secretive because she wanted to hide her sordid family background. She was actually extroverted and opinionated,” Marks said. “She was also obsessed with celebrity, and she chased them like paparazzi do today. I believe she would have been thrilled by the recognition and fame her work has achieved.”
All of Ann Marks’ research on Vivian Maier, can be found on her web site: Vivian Maier Developed
To see more of Vivian Maier’s work visit her Lumière artist page,
Or the exhibition page, Vivian Maier A Deeper Look.
Posted in: Lectures, What's New

Wolf Suschitzky (1912 – 2016)

Web of STORIES – Wolf Suschitzky – 3:04

104 year old Austrian born and London based photographer and cinematographer passed away in his home on October 7th.

To the right is a video of Wolf filmed in 2008 (age 95) as he recounts his good fortune in life and the publication of his book Wolf Suschitzky Photos (2006).
New York Times
Guardian (UK)
The Telegraph (UK)
Obituaries from major publications can be found at the links above.
More images and information can be found on Wolf’s Lumière artist page.
Posted in: What's New


follow Lumiere Gallery


Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
1 years ago

Celebrating the work of Alexander Rodchenko born on this day in 1891. Rodchenko was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design. Rodchenko was one of the most versatile Constructivist and Productivist artists to emerge after the Russian Revolution. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. His photography was socially engaged, formally innovative, and opposed to a painterly aesthetic. Concerned with the need for analytical-documentary photo series, he often shot his subjects from odd angles—usually high above or below—to shock the viewer and to postpone recognition. He wrote: “One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole a#lumieregallery&#AlexanderRodchenkol#rodchenkon#sovietphotographyhenko
... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

Celebrating the work of Robert Glenn Ketchum on his 75th birthday. Ketchum's imagery and books have helped to define contemporary color photography while at the same time addressing critical national environmental issues. This has made him one of the most successful artist/activists in American history. His work in Alaska illustrate this point, first in the Tongass Rain Forest, where his images were credited with helping to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill of 1990. One of his current efforts is in Southwest Alaska, aimed to protect the largest wild salmon habitats from the ill-advised Pebble Mine. Wishing you many more years to continue your work!!

... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

Sharing some beautiful Georgia landscapes by Diane Kirkland on this pretty fall day. #lumieregallery #dianekirkland ... See MoreSee Less

Load more