Pamela Bannos: Vivian Maier's Fractured Archive

Pamela Bannos is an artist and researcher who utilizes methods that highlight the forgotten and overlooked, exploring the links between
visual representation, urban space, history and collective memory. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally,
including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers' Gallery in London, England, and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York.
Her research projects include an investigation of Chicago's Lincoln Park and the grounds of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Bannos has taught photography at Northwestern University's Department of Art Theory and Practice since 1993.


After appearing on Chicago public television's 2012 programs Searching for Vivian Maier and
The Meteoric Rise of Vivian Maier
, Pamela Bannos's research continued with access to
more than 20,000 of Maier's images including her earliest known work.

Vintage transparency from the Ron Slattery Collection, April 22, 1955, Central Park.
Ektachrome 120 fillm, 12 ASA , E-2 processed

Spolia Magazine, July 2014, An Interview with Pamela Bannos.

Two major developments have occurred since this interview, in which Bannos described details of Vivian Maier’s fractured archive.
In September 2014, a copyright challenge attempted to halt licensing of Maier’s images and sales of posthumous prints from her negatives.
Vivian Maier’s estate is now in the hands of a state appointed Public Administrator.
In December 2014, Jeffrey Goldstein sold his collection of 18,000 negatives to an art dealer in Toronto, Canada.


August 2015, Rivet Radio interview.


Pamela Bannos's office wall displaying her annotated France and Manhattan maps as featured in the BBC1 documentary,
Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures?




(The opposite office wall.)

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