Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

American Street Photographer

Book - 2011
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The original, instant classic which set the world afire. The first book to introduce the phenomenon that is the life story and work of Vivian Maier.

A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these
qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide--from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries--and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America's post-war golden age.

It wasn't until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier's negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work.

Please note that all blank pages in the book were chosen as part of the design by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : PowerHouse ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2011
ISBN: 9781576875773
1576875776
Characteristics: 123 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Sekula, Allan
Maloof, John

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 29, 2016

This glossy volume of 125 high-quality photographs will certainly give you a very clear idea of how acutely perceptive street-photographer, Vivian Maier's eye was for capturing such impressive images as these on camera of everyday, city life during America's post-war golden age.

For anyone who isn't at all familiar with who Vivian Maier was - There is very little known about her personal life..... Born in NYC (in 1926) - Maier worked as a nanny for over 20 years.

Throughout her life she took hundreds-of-thousands of photographs which she stored away in countless boxes, never showing them to anyone.... It wasn't until local, amateur historian, John Maloof purchased a box full of Maier's negatives (by chance) at an auction and from there he (thankfully) brought her marvellous work to light for the rest of the world to see and enjoy.

*Note* - In 2009 - Vivian Maier (at the age of 83) died in near poverty, a complete unknown.

(*Watch "Vivian Maier" video-clip*)

JCLBryanV Nov 24, 2014

What can one say about Vivian Maier? The photographs are so masterful and deceptively simple, the subjects so engaging, the overall effect so powerful. Maier herself remains a rare modern enigma but her artistic work is anything but elusive and unapproachable. Maier's greatest gift was the crazy prolific streak that will bring many more unseen photographs in the future. This particular book is a great introduction to her art but you can really start anywhere.

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ms_mustard
Oct 29, 2014

fascinating photographs, mysteriously unknown photographer

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