Four of Vivian Maiers' black and white photos with the words Thank you!

Your Students Have So Much Talent

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 04 February 2022 > Pedagogy

Thank you so much to all the dedicated teachers who sent in the stories their students wrote inspired by Vivian Maier's photographs. We received thousands of stories and they are incredibly imaginative! And we’ve chosen our favourites for publication.

We asked students to write an imaginative piece inspired by one of Maier's photos, which are on show in an exhibition. For example to imagine what is happening in the image (or what happened before or after). And boy did they rise to the challenge!

We chose our favourite stories by level, from A2 all the way up to the end of lycée. It was incredibly difficult to choose, there were so many amazing stories. Please thank all your pupils, whether they were chosen for publication or not.
The stories by level can be found by following these links:
A2 and those who chose the 100-word limit
Collège B1
C1 LLCER and European sections

Many of you said you had really enjoyed discovering Maier's work and some had been lucky enough to be able to take their classes to the exhibition. If you are in or near Brittany, you may be able to see the two further exhibitions that have just opened in Quimper and Pont Aven.

Vivian Maier reflected in a metal tray, displayed in a shop window.
Self-Portrait, 1954

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