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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.

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kendallishere, December 16, 2012 (view all comments by kendallishere)
Vivian Maier is one of the greatest street photographers in American history. She walked around New York and Chicago in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, taking pictures with her Rolleiflex of whatever her eyes fell in love with. The love is palpable: love for children, love for the odd or the lonely, respect for hard labor, admiration for the ways people dressed or played or performed themselves. Her composition is pure genius, and what makes her most remarkable to me is that she was completely unknown in her lifetime. As far as we know, nobody ever said yes to her work. Nobody bought it, exhibited it, or gave it prizes. Yet she was driven--and it can only be that it was a passion for her--to keep getting out and taking new pictures. She couldn't always afford to develop her film. She only had her own dark room for a short while. Usually she was taking care of other people's children. She left a record of the world she was driven to preserve, of the way she saw. It is phenomenal. There is no photographer on earth whose work I admire more.
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hmxa15a, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by hmxa15a)
An unknown, a nanny by trade with no training in photography, these photographs were only recently discovered and they are beautifully composed and nicely printed. Similar to Helen Levitt, she took photographs of everyday street scenes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781576875773
Author:
Maier, Vivian
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Author:
Sekula, Allan
Author:
Maloof, John
Author:
DYER, GEOFF
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Photography-Photographers
Subject:
photography;chicago;art;street photography;new york;photographs
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
11.26 x 10.2 x 0.74 in 2.5 lb

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