Vivian Maier


A valuable addition to the continuing assessment of Maier’s work, this book is a one-volume compendium of her most enduring images. Published to coincide with the major exhibition at MK Gallery (which closes this month), Maier presents a view of America that is as eclectic as it is intimate and piercing. Her craft and vision far surpassed that of any part-time hobbyist and although considered reclusive, she produced many experimental self-portraits.

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.

This latest hardback by Thames & Hudson features over 140 black and white and colour photographs by Maier, reinforcing the photographer’s exceptional eye and unconventional approach to photography. A must-have for any photography enthusiasts.


Vivian Maier
Anne Morin, Christa Blümlinger, Ann Marks
Thames & Hudson
28.8 x 21.6 cm, 256 pp
Price £45

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