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Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

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A full-career retrospective on the work of Vivian Maier, bringing together a selection of key works from throughout her life and career.



When Vivian Maier’s archive was discovered in Chicago in 2007, the photography community gained an immense and singular talent. Maier lived in relative obscurity until her death in 2009, but is now the subject of films and books, and recognized as one of the great American photographers of the 20th century.

Born in New York in 1926, she worked as a nanny in New York and Chicago for much of her adult life. It was during her years as a nanny that she took many of the photographs that have made her posthumously famous. Maier’s incredible body of work consists of more than 150,000 photographic images, Super 8 and 16 mm films, various recordings and a multitude of undeveloped films. Working primarily as a street photographer, Maier’s work has been compared with such luminaries as Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Joel Meyerowitz. Drawing on previously unpublished archives and recent scientific analyses, this retrospective sheds new light on Maier’s work. With texts by Anne Morin and Christa Blümlinger, this thorough look at Maier’s entire archive is organized thematically in sections that cover self-portraits, the street, portraits, gestures, cinematography, children, colour work and forms.

A valuable addition to the continuing assessment of Maier’s work, this book is a one-volume compendium of her most enduring images.



'What makes this new publication worthy of collecting is the wide array of images not only from Maier’s black and white street portraits shot with her Rolleiflex in the 1950s and 60s ... but also the addition of images from later-day 35mm color images and cinematic efforts'
PhotoBook Journal


About the Author

Anne Morin is the director of diChroma Photography in Madrid. Christa Blümlinger teaches cinematography at the University of Paris VIII, specializing in documentary cinema and the avant-garde. Ann Marks is a writer and Vivian Maier’s biographer. She lives in New York.

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.8 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 11 August 2022

ISBN: 9780500025703


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