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Vivian Maier , John Maloof
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8 Dec 2011
Please note that all blank pages in the book were chosen as part of the design by the publisher.

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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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: POWERHOUSE BOOKS (8 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875773
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 25.7 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best American Street Photography book ever?.... 19 Aug 2012
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
.... yes.

I read a review of this book in B&W and bought it because of the storey around the finding of the photos. I am so pleased I did as this is a purely amateur photographer out with her Rolleiflex in the 40-90's recording every day New York life. Its surreal and its fantastic. Now I love Henri cartier Bresson and The Decisive Moment, and I took ages to get a copy of Robert Franks Americans, but they are "professional". Their eye is somewhat different to Vivian Maier. They work for profit, she works to provide Art and there is a wealth of difference in their approaches.

I am amazed at this woman's courage. remember this is a lady with a camera in what could be an aggressive environment. She hasn't got a small inconspicuous leics a, she has a Rolleiflex which is not conspicuous at all. yet she get close up to people who clearly see her including down and outs, drunks and Police situations. She also loves mirror images of herself and others and there must by 6-8 in this book alone.

The book states that there are 10,000 negatives found when she died. This therefore is only the tip of the iceberg and I hope there is more to come.

I am sure there are many more great amateurs out there doing similar work and I so wish I could see that too.

If you want a great, timeless, book on black an white street photography. this is it!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 26 Nov 2012
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One of those moments in the 20th century where someone's been creating beautiful imagery, by herself, for herself and nobody knew. Until now.
I'm so very glad Vivian's work has been brought out into the public, because it's beautiful. Very few books and photographers make me want to pick up the camera and go and shoot, but this is one.
Or some days, it makes me want to give up, because I'll never be this good!
Bought it, love it, recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sad story 5 Aug 2013
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Like most, I came across Vivian's work a few years back, and as an admirer of her photography, I decided to buy this book.
It is a great insight as to what Vivian got up to in her spare time during her life, and her photography is up there with the best.

This book (which I think I have a 1st edition) is sadly produced in sepia. Although, this gives a warm tone to her photos, I do feel that it doesn't need it, simple black and white would have been I guess how Vivian may have wanted her work to be seen. I also feel that the blank pages were not essential to the impact and design of the book.

Apparently, there are 150,000 photos by Vivian Maier, this book only scratches the surface and no doubt there will be a lot more books to come from this.

The sad story is that none of the profit from her body of work will go to good causes. I understand the two owners who bought her work want to make a profit, but wouldn't it be good if they set up a foundation or charity under Vivian's name. This could be for photographers / artists who like Vivian, had to have a day job to survive. There are so many talented artists out there that do not get any help or recognition, I think Vivian would surely approve.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivian comes out of the shade 18 Jan 2012
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I'm surprised how many one, two and three star reviews there are on US Amazon for this excellent photo book. On any level it really can't be faulted. Blank pages in a photo book are quite common though here the confusion was probably caused by having them very close to each other and repeated as such throughout the pages. Book designers would normally space a few blanks roughly evenly between all the photos. The printing by Asia Pacific is comparable to any other quality printed art book (and it costs less than quality printing in Europe or the US). The duotones use a 200 screen on a very acceptable 157gsm matt art with perfect register. The slight black/ochre feel to these photos, I thought, was a wise colour choice.

As to Vivian Maier's photos, the 106 in the book are quite stunning. In particular the framing is just prefect and I think this separates her work from other well known street photographers especially those classed as the New York School who go for a more emotional style of imagery. The photos reveal everyday street scenes in Chicago and New York and work so well because they always pull you into the composition without any distractions about what to look at first. The pacing helps here too, close-up portraits merge into medium shots and then, perhaps, a long shot saturated with detail. The more I looked through these pages the more the sequencing added to the photos.

If I have a criticism it is that there is really nothing about Vivian Maier. Her named website gives some background and I think it would have been helpful to the reader to have included some of this material

John Maloof, the book's editor, is to be congratulated on finding and preserving a treasure trove of photos by an unknown photographer who had such a remarkable eye. I'm hoping this will be the first of many books revealing Ms Maier's creative vision.

>>>LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 25 Nov 2012
By G. Lewis VINE VOICE
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Few photographers have inspired me enough to want to buy their book, but Vivian Maier is the exception. After seeing her images appear on the BBC news website a couple of years ago I've been in awe. Her collection is only now being discovered, but this book represents the best of what they have so far.

The book itself provides an engaging collection of images of which there are over 100 pages worth, plus some self-portraits thrown in for good measure. There's very little text to speak of, mainly because very little was known of her. Maloof did a good job of filling two pages in the foreword at the beginning, but in all honesty, Maier was a bit of a mystery. Beyond the foreword, it's pretty much all photographs right up until the back cover.

Whether you like street photography or not, this book gives an incredible insight into US city life during the 60s & 70s. I love it and I keep it on my desk to dip into whenever the mood takes me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic images and insight of vivian maiers work, a must have for all photographers.
Published 10 days ago by Ray smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Talent
An undiscovered talent is a rarity and we are privileged to be able now to see the world of Vivian Maier as she captured it over many years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Berry Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly printed
Having heard the story behind Vivian Maier's hidden life, I was hoping the photographs lived up to the reports, don't worry they do and more, beautifully printed on quality paper,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Swampbitch
2.0 out of 5 stars No good
I don't like it.
The copy of the book I received has a couple of printing mistakes and many pages are missing
Published 2 months ago by Luiza Stokovac
1.0 out of 5 stars several pages are either blank or black
This book shows several display problems, which are a disappointment. While some pages are blank others are black. Plus, it has almost no text that I can read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pseudonym
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An amazing book about an amazing woman and an outstanding photographer. A beautiful book. Highly recommended for anyone interested in photography.
Published 4 months ago by feebie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Very happy with this purchase. I had to wait for it to come in stock and they sent it once it did. It was sealed and in perfect condition.
Published 4 months ago by Inshra Sakhawat Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I bought it for my wife @ XMAS and I had a look at it and I loved it as well. She was delighted with the gift.
Published 5 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A classy book of images from a surprising source, I will have to get the other one as well. worth every penny.
Published 7 months ago by K. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I like it that book, super! Vivian is for me one of top sreet photographers! I would recommende this book.
Published 7 months ago by sampo korhonen
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