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Vivian Maier book

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This complete retrospective of the career of photographer Vivian Maier brings together a selection of important works from her life and career.

When Vivian Maier's archive was discovered in Chicago in 2007, the photographic community gained an immense and unique talent. Little known during her lifetime, Maier is now recognized as one of the great American photographers of the 20th century. Born in New York in 1926 to an Austro-Hungarian father and a French mother, she lived in France several times in her youth and worked as a governess in New York and Chicago for much of her adult life. It was during her years as a governess that she took many of the photographs that made her posthumously famous. Now the subject of films and books, Maier lived in relative obscurity until her death in 2009.

Maier's incredible oeuvre consists of over 150,000 photographic images, super 8 and 16mm film, various recordings, and a multitude of undeveloped film. Working primarily as a street photographer, Maier's work has been compared to such luminaries as Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Joel Meyerowitz.

Thanks to unpublished archives and recent scientific analysis, this retrospective volume sheds new light on Maier's work by documenting the artistry of his photographic work. With texts by Anne Morin and Christa Blu¨mlinger, this detailed overview of Maier's entire archive is organized thematically into sections covering self-portraits, street, portraits, gestures, cinematography, children, work in color and form. A valuable addition to the ongoing evaluation of Maier's work, this book is a one-volume compendium of his most enduring images.

Hardcover, 22.5 x 29.5 cm, 256 pages.