Street Photographer. Vivian Maier (USA).
Photographs by Vivian Maier
Edited by John Maloof
Foreword by Geoff Dyer
Published by powerHouse Books, November 2011.
Vivian Maier was a professional nanny and a self-taught photographer. From 1950s to 1990s she took over 100,000 pictures on the streets of France, New York, Chicago. She never showed them to anybody. Only when John Maloof purchased a box with her negatives at the auction, she has at last been discovered.
Vivian Maier took all the photographs with her Rolleiflex twin-lens camera. The pictures document an everyday life from decades ago. They show all parts of the society: homeless people, women, kids, rich, workers. Vivian Maier photographed the world from different, very often surprising angles and depicted people on the streets in vivid moments (a gentleman on a bench with a kid with a balloon covering his face, a boy on a street looking inside a huge box). She has an incredible sense of composition, lightening and humour.
This is a very straightforward book on Vivian Maier’s remarkable photography. It collects the best of her photographs and has just enough text to make an introduction, and let you enjoy wonderful moments she captured.