Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

Out of the Shadows

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"Updated with new material to celebrate the ten year discovery of Vivian Maier's work. This is the only book that tells the life story of Vivian Maier in words and pictures. Known as "the nanny photographer," Maier became an Internet sensation after her photos were put online in 2009. Since then, Maier's breathtaking pictures, which show everyday life in mid-century America, have earned her recognition of one of the masters of photography. Presenting her photographs alongside revealing interviews with those who knew her best, this volume puts Vivian Maier's work in context and creates a moving portrait of her as an artist. To better understand Maier, authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams studied census records, ship manifests and interviewed every person they could find who knew Maier, from her childhood days in the French Alps to the families whose children she cared for in the United States. They combined this biographical information, much of it unreported, with more than 300 photographs that she took starting in 1949 to create the first comprehensive record of her life story."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, CityFiles Press,, 2019
Edition: Second edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781733869003
Branch Call Number: 779.092 M217o 2nd ed
Characteristics: 287 pages : illustrations, portraits, photographs ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Out of the shadows


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Nov 07, 2019

These photos are from the auction lot that Jeffery Goldstein purchased from Randy Prow. They are carefully organized by theme: Snapshots, America, Day, Beach, 1968, Night and so on with a short two to four page introduction with each theme. The photos are the work of a master, she really did capture the decisive moment. Her photos are often very edgy, but, in the written work anything on the dark side (like the disdain some of her former wards still feel towards her) is missing or glossed over. That's too bad - she had a complicated life.

Jan 23, 2018

Beautiful, heartbreaking, and moving - as always.

Dec 29, 2017

This glossy volume of 275 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.

Jan 06, 2016

This was a great book to learn more about Vivian Maier, the person and the photographer. Pages are beautifully printed, quite large.


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