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January 4th, 2018Mary Poppins with a Camera? | The Myth of Vivian Maier Demystified | Pamela Bannos Gives Special Talk at jookie | Chicago Family Photography Studio


Are you familiar with the Vivian Maier story? Known as the nanny photographer, hundreds of thousands of her personal photo negatives were discovered after her death leading to much speculation about this mysterious woman and her work.

From the New York Times in October of 2017: “The Maier myth followed. She became the “nanny photographer,” the secretive self-taught genius who tramped around town with a Rolleiflex camera around her neck and her young charges in tow. The eBay enthusiasts who snatched up her negatives at auction with the hopes of reselling them became heroes for saving her from obscurity.”

A short time later, Northwestern photographer professor, Pamela Bannos (who taught yours truly black and white darkroom photography), wrote a book called Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife (published last year), which clears up “the Maier myth”. Also from the NYT review: “(Bannos) unseats the ghost and restores to us the woman — but in her own words and images, and without psychologizing. It’s a portrait as direct as any of Maier’s, and what a distinct pleasure it is to meet her gaze again.”

If you’re intrigued by the Vivian Maier story, please join us at jookie Wednesday, January 31st for a special talk by Pamela Bannos customized toward Maier’s photos of children. Doors will open at 6:30, talk will begin at 7 pm, book signing to follow.

Seating is limited so PLEASE RSVP by January 22nd to jill@jookiekids.com or call the studio at 773-463-5665. OR, you can now RSVP via a public Facebook event hosted by jookie.

Appetizers and wine provided by jookie. Books will be on sale that evening at the studio by The Book Cellar. (If you purchase your copy in advance, we encourage you to shop locally from an independently owned book store!)


jookie, a portrait boutique, inc. 4656 N. Rockwell Street Chicago, IL 60625

A children’s, family, baby and pet photography studio located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, created in 2006 by Jill Liebhaber, veteran Chicago kids photographer of over 15 years, focused on creating custom art work for homes.

Serving nearby neighborhoods of Lakeview, Bucktown, Ravenswood, Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Park, West Loop, River North, Old Town, Gold Coast and Downtown. We also have families who come to us for baby, kid, dog, and family photos from LaGrange, Hinsdale, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Elmhurst, Oak Park, and even out of state like Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and California.

Gift certificates always available!

We specialize in silly serious LOVE ™.