RATP invites Vivian Maier

To accompany you on your journey, we are taking you on a trip to the heart of 1950s New York and Chicago through Vivian Mayer’s gorgeous photos.

RATP is exhibiting the work of Vivian Maier, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, whose work was discovered and hailed posthumously. During your journey, discover the artist’s unpublished archives, illustrating life on the streets of New York and Chicago in the 1950s.

The exhibition, which can also be seen at the Musée du Luxembourg from 15 September to 16 January 2022 and is run by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, captures the full extent of this great artist’s work and showcases its place in the history of photography. 


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Discover it now on the network!

To see these exclusive photographs in large format, visit the following 7 stations of the network operated by RATP for Île-de-France Mobilités :

  • Gare de Lyon metro symbole metro ligne 14 
  • Hôtel de Ville metro symbole metro ligne 1 
  • La Chapelle metro symbole metro ligne 2 
  • Luxembourg rer symbole rer ligne B 
  • Madeleine metro symbole metro ligne 14 
  • Pyramides metro symbole metro ligne 14 
  • Saint-Denis Porte de Paris metro symbole metro ligne 13 

Discover 46 unpublished photos during your journey

Vivian Maier had an atypical career. As a nanny, she enjoyed her passion and practiced her art as an amateur. A meticulous observer, she dedicated herself to photographing postwar American society through street scenes, sidewalk snapshots captured in New York or Chicago, portraits, and self-portraits.

In 2007, over 120,000 images, films and recordings were discovered in a storage unit. Discover Vivian Maier’s work under a new light through this novel exhibition, highlighting what makes it unique, at the intersection between French humanist photography and American street photography, posthumously elevating the artist as one of the greatest. 

La RATP Invite Vivian Maier

“RATP invites” puts the spotlight on photography

After Harry Gruyaert (2015), Richard Avedon (2016), Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2017), JR (2018), Hassan Hajjaj (2019), the artists of Paris Expériences Photos, the Noir & Blanc exhibition at the Grand Palais (2020) and the Festival Circulation(s) (2021), and Sebastião Salgado (2021), it is now the turn of photographer Vivian Maier to take pride of place in the “RATP invites” program.

Created in 2013, this cultural event allows RATP to regularly exhibit the work of photographers – from France or abroad, young talents or renowned artists from various eras – by displaying it throughout its stations. Through photography, a community art and a form of artistic expression accessible to the widest audience, RATP continues to enhance its passengers’ experience by regularly offering moments of surprise, discovery and discussion.