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“Maier, a nanny with a photography obsession and secretive tendencies, has an astonishing story. But it’s her quiet yet piercing images that resonate most.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

“...the largest collection of her work to date.” (New Republic)

“Maier, a nanny with a photography obsession and secretive tendencies, has an astonishing story. But it’s her quiet yet piercing images that resonate most.” (O magazine)

“This dense new book of previously unseen photos (discovered after her death) makes a thoughtful gift for an aspiring photographer, or any fan of Garry Winogrand.” (New York magazine)

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The largest and most comprehensive selection of the work of American street photographer Vivian Maier

Photographer Vivian Maier's allure can be explained by the mystery that surrounds both her life and her work. The story of Maier—the secretive nanny-photographer who became a popular sensation shortly after her death—has only been pieced together from a small selection of the images she made and the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found is the largest and most in-depth collection of Maier's photographs to date, including her color images.

With lively text by noted photography curator and writer Marvin Heiferman, this definitive volume explores and celebrates Maier's work and life from a contemporary and nuanced perspective, analyzing her pictures within the pantheon of American street photography. With more than 235 full-color and black-and-white photographs, most of which have never been published in book form, this collection also includes images of Maier's personal artifacts and memorabilia that have never been seen before. The text draws upon recently conducted interviews with people who knew Maier, which shed new light on her surprising photographic accomplishments and life.

Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found is a striking, revelatory volume that unlocks the door to the room of a very private artist who made an extraordinary number of images, chose to show them to no one, and, as fate would have it, succeeded brilliantly in fulfilling what remains so many people's secret or unrealized desire: to live in and see the world creatively.

With more than 235 full-color and black-and-white photographs

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062305530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062305534
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am obsessed with Vivian Maier's work and story. I have the other 2 books by Maloof and the 2 based on the images from the Goldstein collection. This is by far the best book to date. The pages are larger than any of the other volumes, and the quality of the images is much better than those in the other volumes. This is the first time that many of the images have appeared in print, especially the large number of color prints. The introductory essay provides a thoughtful overview of Vivian's life and places the work within its contemporary context. The only thing that disappointed me is that a number of my favorite images were not included in this volume. Even though I've seen a lot of Vivian's work over the past year or so, the images in this volume took my breath away. They are touching, funny, odd and quirky snapshots of our humanity and give us an opportunity to gaze with respect and admiration at people who we might otherwise pretend not to notice.

The only thing that I was unhappy about was the Amazon packaging. Amazon does a pretty poor job packing heavy art books for shipping. This is the 2nd book that has arrived with a damaged corner because it slipped around during shipping. Regular books don't need any extra cushioning, but larger and heavier books do.
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Received this book yesterday. This is my third VM book and after spending the evening going through the booksmultiple times I believe it is the best to date.

John Maloof has created yet another loving tribute to one of the best street photographers. Some of the photos have already been published, perhaps 20%, but the bulk of the photos are new to print and they are mostly all gems. If I could only own one VM book I think this would be it but I'm happy to have them all.
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This is my fourth Vivian Maier book, and honestly, it's kind of repetitious. It's especially repetitious of the earlier Maloof books, Vivian Maier, Street Photographer and Vivian Maier Self Portraits. There are a few later color photographs in this book, but there's not enough to justify the price.

Also, the orange cover is distracting when looking at the photographs, as it extends past the pages so it's always there, in your view. And since many of the photos are black and white, the orange edge draws your eye away. Then orange pages separating sections juxtaposed against photographs on the facing page. What was the publisher thinking?

The editorial apparatus isn't worth the price, either. There's a photograph that's obviously in the Art Institute of Chicago identified as location unknown, another along the Chicago lakefront, again, location unknown, but dated! The intro contains some biographical details, but it seems more like dirty gossip than biography for how sketchy it is. Certainly, the introduction has no insight to add about the photographs. but it does show off the erudition of the author, who quotes no lesser lights than Nelson Algren, David Riesman, and AJ Liebling.

If you don't already have any Maier books, get Maloof's Vivian Maier, Street Photographer and Cahan & Williams Vivian Maier, Out of the Shadows. They come from different collections, and they each show a very different photographer. But skip this volume.
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The best of Maloof's books about Vivian Maier. The prints are larger, and better quality, that the earlier volumes. The selection overlaps a bit with his earlier books, which would be annoying if it weren't for the fact that this book does a better job of presenting them.

If you already have the earlier books and want to see more, buy this book. If you don't have any of her books yet, this is the best of the Maloof's books to get. You'll also likely ant some of the other collections' photos, so make that your second pihpchase, if you want ant more.

If you already have Maloof's earlier books, and you are going to be upset because a handful of photos from those appear here, then don't buy it (or sell your others, first). But keep the self portraits book long enough to compare the photos there with the few that are also here. You will see that these are sharper, with better contrast, and larger in size -- revealing more detail and nuance -- and you won't be sad to be getting a few of the same photos yet again.
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Ron Greer's review is almost word-for-word what I'd intended to write. This is also my third Vivian Maier book - and although I love the other two ("Vivian Maier Street Photographer" and "Out of the Shadows"), this is my very favorite.
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After catching the documentary on the life of Vivian Maier, I had to get this coffee table book for my husband. He - and I - loved it! A wide breadth of photographs that this artist managed to capture was well selected by the author, John Maloof. The book, along with the DVD of the documentary make a great gift!

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Just got this book yesterday and am very disappointed - the quality is really nothing like the other VM's books:

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer by Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier: Self portraits

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan

Paper looks cheap - the quality of the pictures does not compare at all with "Street Photographer" or the other books. As an other reviewer said, it is weird that some pics are location unknown but there are dates - does not seem consistent.

I have all the books but this one is not a winner - like the black and orange but pics see washed up. Too bad!
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