In my family there is a longstanding love affair with books, and subsequently, come December we are all scouting out new additions for Mom’s coffee table and Dad’s bookshelf. So family, if you are reading this listen loud and clear: I want Vivian Maier: Street Photographer under the tree!
If you are enamored by vintage photography, street style, or both, then this new publication will make you giddy. Anyone who has spent significant time on the web is probably familiar with Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist, and some of you probably conjure the image of a seasoned lens on his notorious bicycle upon hearing the name Bill Cunningham. It’s likely that few of you even recognize Vivian Maier, but she is an O.G. street photographer.
With no formal training or network influence, Maier (a professional nanny) took over 100,000 photographs worldwide between the 1950s-1990s. Her body of work is described as “humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.” However, the entire collection existed unbeknownst to anyone – that is, until amateur historian John Maloof, the book’s editor, acquired a box of anonymous negatives in a Chicago auction house in 2007. And the rest is history! (In spite of us not knowing much about her personal history.)
The publisher, powerHouse Books, was kind enough to share some images from the book as a bonus for you loyal blog readers. Hope you enjoy!
From Vivian Maier: Street Photographer edited by John Maloof, published by powerHouse Books.