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Vivian Maier: a photographer's life and afterlife

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2017
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"Look[s] past the mystique of the 'eccentric nanny with a camera' to tell the true Maier story . . . [An] extraordinary work." —Library Journal
Who was Vivian Maier? Many know her as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. They revealed her to be an inadvertent master of twentieth-century American street photography. Not long after, the news broke that Maier had recently died and had no surviving relatives. Soon the whole world knew about her preternatural work, shooting her to stardom almost overnight.
But as Pamela Bannos reveals in this meticulous biography, this story of the nanny savant has blinded us to Maier's true achievements, as well as her intentions. Most important, Bannos argues, Maier was not a nanny who moonlighted as a photographer; she was a photographer who supported herself as a nanny. In Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife, Bannos contrasts Maier's life with the mythology that strangers—mostly the men who've profited from her work—have created around her absence. She shows that Maier was extremely conscientious about how her work was developed, printed, and cropped, even though she also made a clear choice never to display it. She places Maier's fierce passion for privacy alongside the recent spread of her work around the world, and explains Maier's careful adjustments of photographic technique, while explaining how the photographs have been misconstrued or misidentified. Bannos also uncovers new information about Maier's immediate family, including her difficult brother, Karl—relatives once thought not to exist. This authoritative biography shows that the real story of Vivian Maier, a true visionary artist, is even more compelling than the myth.
"An excellent book that reads like a mystery novel . . . Wonderful and engrossing." —Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity
"It's a portrait as direct as any of Maier's, and what a distinct pleasure it is to meet her gaze again." —The New York Times
"This book is by far the finest yet published on the artist. I believe it will become a classic in the field." —Art in America

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Who was Vivian Maier? Many know her as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. They revealed her to be an inadvertent master of twentieth-century American street photography. Not long after, the news broke that Maier had recently died and had no surviving relatives. Soon the whole world knew about her preternatural work, shooting her to stardom almost overnight.
But as Pamela Bannos reveals in this meticulous biography, this story of the nanny savant has blinded us to Maier's true achievements, as well as her intentions. Most important, Bannos argues, Maier was not a nanny who moonlighted as a photographer; she was a photographer who supported herself as a nanny. In Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife, Bannos contrasts Maier's life with the mythology that strangers—mostly the men who've profited from her work—have created around her absence. She shows that Maier was extremely conscientious about how her work was developed, printed, and cropped, even though she also made a clear choice never to display it. She places Maier's fierce passion for privacy alongside the recent spread of her work around the world, and explains Maier's careful adjustments of photographic technique, while explaining how the photographs have been misconstrued or misidentified. Bannos also uncovers new information about Maier's immediate family, including her difficult brother, Karl—relatives once thought not to exist. This authoritative biography shows that the real story of Vivian Maier, a true visionary artist, is even more compelling than the myth.
"An excellent book that reads like a mystery novel . . . Wonderful and engrossing." —Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity
"It's a portrait as direct as any of Maier's, and what a distinct pleasure it is to meet her gaze again." —The New York Times
"This book is by far the finest yet published on the artist. I believe it will become a classic in the field." —Art in America
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