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Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows [Hardcover]

Richard Cahan , Michael Williams
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CityFiles Press; 1 edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978545095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978545093
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 23.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivian Maier...who knew? 28 Oct 2012
Another fascinating collection of Maier photos well worth waiting for after Maloof's 'Street photographer' from 2011. This selection is from Jeffrey Goldstein's collection of about sixteen thousand negatives , 225 rolls of film and fifteen hundred colour slides (so expect more books and I'm especially interested in how she handled colour).

The nine chapters have photos from 1949 to the mid-seventies and so they are a good sampling of the things that caught Maier's eye. The three chapters that I thought worked the best are: 'America' with forty-seven photos of Los Angeles and New York; 'Maxwell' has twenty photos of this Chicago street market; 'Downtown' with thirty-four taken around the Chicago Loop area. These are photos of Maier at her best, capturing the bustle of big city streets with energy and compassion. One thing missing from Maloof's book was explanation of who was Vivian Maier. 'Out of the shadows' fortunately fills in a lot of detail about her life and interest in photography and each chapter gets a short essay about the photos that follow.

It is inevitable that this book is compared to Maloof's and like another reviewer I prefer his book. It has a much better selection of photos and nearly everyone shows one of Maier's strengths: her ability to create perfect framing. 'Out of the shadows' has many more photos but because of this I thought it also included several that seemed, perhaps, not worth including. The child asleep in a car, page 123, street light on page172, some lit windows floating on a black square, page 277 (it could well be that some some non-specific photos were introduced to create a change of pace as the reader turns the pages, in the 'Street photographer' book several blank pages were used to do this).
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This book had a profound emotional impact on me. And as a photographer who takes +10000 pictures a year for myself, for indulging in my own interest in photographic images, it has also moved and evolved my views on photography.
One thing that soon stands out very clearly, is that this book is much different from 'Vivian Maier, Street Photographer'. For this reason, anyone interested in Vivian Maier should acquire both. However, I doubt very much these both books gives us any complete or definitive view of Vivian Maier. There is more, must be more, to be revealed.
Another thing that strikes you (with this book), is that Vivian Maier wasn't exactly a "Street Photographer". That's just a label they have applied to her, to position her, in the contemporary establishment of perceptions of photography. Of course many of Maier's images falls into the cathegory of 'Street Photography'. But that's by convenience or accident. Vivian Maier was a photographer. Period. She nurtured an obsessive love for the photographic image and for making them. And she seems to have made an awful lot of them that are truly excellent.
A third thing that strikes you is that she went her own way. All the way. She didn't listen to anybody. She didn't seek any judgement or accolades. She didn't watch or communicate with other photographers. Everything is 100% Vivian Maier, totally 24 carat genuine. She doesn't care if anyone else finds worth in her images. They had immense worth for her. That's all that mattered.
These things are parts of the portrait that this book presents. It's much more personal than 'Street Photographer'. There are a lot of images, and the printing is very good, as it should be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing. 7 July 2013
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I bought this as I love her photography and the first book by John Maloof is so good. This however is a poorly edited selection of photos that are also badly reproduced. Avoid at all costs and get the Maloof book instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 4 Jan 2014
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brought as a present or my son. it was a randome choice as he has numerous photography books but hel loves it
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Another Vivan Maier book and more photos please. If you are a Vivan Maier fan, then you should buy this one. It has a good selection of photos spanning her life journey. If you want more, then check out two other books, the self portrait is a great buy too!
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