Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

A Photographer Found

Book - 2014
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The definitive monograph of American photographer Vivian Maier, exploring the full range and brilliance of her work and the mystery of her life, written and edited by noted photography curator and writer Marvin Heiferman; featuring 250 black-and-white images, color work, and other materials never seen before; and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman.

Vivian Maier's story--the secretive nanny-photographer during her life who becomes a popular sensation shortly after her death--has, to date, been pieced together only from previously seen or known images she made and the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. During her lifetime she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. In 2007, two years before her death, Chicago historic preservationist John Maloof discovered a trove of negatives, and roll upon roll of undeveloped film in a storage locker he bought at auction. They revealed a surprising and accomplished artist and a stunning body of work, which Maloof championed and brought to worldwide acclaim. 

Vivian Maier presents the most comprehensive collection and largest selection of the photographer's work--created during the 1950s through the 1970s in New York, Chicago, and on her travels around the country--almost exclusively unpublished and including her previously unknown color work. It features images of and excerpts from Maier's personal artifacts, memorabilia, and audiotapes, made available for the first time. This remarkable volume draws upon recently conducted interviews with people who knew Maier, which shed new light on Maier's photographic skill and her life.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Design,, 2014
ISBN: 9780062305534
Branch Call Number: 779.092 M257
Characteristics: 285 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 33 cm
Alternative Title: Photographer found


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JCLBryanV Apr 19, 2017

Everything you've heard about Vivian Maier is probably true. The mysterious eccentric was a classic enigma in real life. But this enigma was also one of the very greatest street photographers of the 20th Century. It only took way too long to for the world to discover her, due in no small part to Maier's reluctance to seek recognition. But consider these photographs: everyone of them a masterpiece of insight, composition and truth. You can't go wrong with any collection of Vivian Maier photographs.

Jan 12, 2015

As a HUGE Vivian Maier fan, I highly recommend this latest book with Maier's beautiful prints: they are all at once mysterious, thoughtful, intriguing, funny and heartbreaking. Her eye for design and composition speak for themselves in each shot. These stunning street photographs (with some being reproduced in earlier books; she shot over 100,000 photographs in her lifetime!) are compiled lovingly here by one of her strongest advocates/representatives, John Maloof. If you're not yet aware of who Maier is, I strongly recommend not only this exquisite body of work, but also the amazing multi-award winning 2014 documentary, "Finding Vivian Maier" to learn more. You can also check out the other four photography books of her remarkable work. Her intriguing personal story and her art are definitely worth learning about and enjoying.


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