Vivian Maier exhibit at Harold Washington Library

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For a woman of mystery, the late North Shore nanny Vivian Maier certainly is easy to find these days. The latest installments in the posthumous story of Maier and the compelling photographic images she snapped — but rarely developed — come in a new film and newly opened gallery exhibition.

The documentary film, "Finding Vivian Maier," finally opens in Chicago on Friday. Reviewing it last summer, the Tribune's Michael Phillips called it "a fascinating documentary about a woman who maintained a dogged, obsessive air of secrecy regarding her own skill with a camera."

And Chicago's Harold Washington Library just opened "Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows," which displays more than 50 big silver gelatin prints, plus a few ancillary items, such as a past-due notice from a photographic company.

The accompanying text seeking to group the pictures reaches too hard for the drama the images effortlessly depict. But the power of those images — of people and places in the city and suburbs, mostly in the 1960s — will put to rest any first-time viewer's suspicion that the wave of Maier interest might be more about story than art.

The library will screen a different Maier documentary, "The Vivian Maier Mystery," at 6 p.m. April 24. And the Chicago History Museum's fine Maier show, "Vivian Maier's Chicago," remains on exhibit.

For those keeping track at home, the "Mystery" documentary and library and history museum exhibits are linked to the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection of Maier photographs. The "Finding" documentary is tied to John Maloof's collection. But that's another story altogether.

"Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows" runs through Sept. 28 at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.

sajohnson@tribune.com

'Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows'

When: Through Sept. 28

Where: Harold Washington Library (ninth floor), 400 S. State St.

Tickets: Free

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