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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (Nov. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875773
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 25.7 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on Jan. 18 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm surprised how many one, two and three star reviews there are on US Amazon for this excellent photo book. On any level it really can't be faulted. Blank pages in a photo book are quite common though here the confusion was probably caused by having them very close to each other and repeated as such throughout the pages. Book designers would normally space a few blanks roughly evenly between all the photos. The printing by Asia Pacific is comparable to any other quality printed art book (and it costs less than quality printing in Europe or the US). The duotones use a 200 screen on a very acceptable 157gsm matt art with perfect register. The slight black/ochre feel to these photos, I thought, was a wise color choice.

As to Vivian Maier's photos, the 106 in the book are quite stunning. In particular the framing is just prefect and I think this separates her work from other well known street photographers especially those classed as the New York School who go for a more emotional style of imagery. The photos reveal everyday street scenes in Chicago and New York and work so well because they always pull you into the composition without any distractions about what to look at first. The pacing helps here too, close-up portraits merge into medium shots and then, perhaps, a long shot saturated with detail. The more I looked through these pages the more the sequencing added to the photos.

If I have a criticism it is that there is really nothing about Vivian Maier. Her named website gives some background and I think it would have been helpful to the reader to have included some of this material

John Maloof, the book's editor, is to be congratulated on finding and preserving a treasure trove of photos by an unknown photographer who had such a remarkable eye. I'm hoping this will be the first of many books revealing Ms Maier's creative vision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dannyfromtoronto on April 6 2013
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If I can take one photograph in my lifetime that comes close to any of hers, I will rest happy. The book flows through themes that make such sense the groupings are seamless. The author has done the photographer honor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garry Woodcock on Aug. 6 2012
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This book is a treasure for anyone who has attempted street photography. The quality of images made with her Rolleiflex are superb, but it's the subjects and their placement in the frame that are so masterfully composed. There is a sense of tragedy in that Vivian's talent was never discovered in her lifetime so that she could have received the accolades that this wonderful body of work deserves.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By QBB on Dec 27 2011
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Great book for anyone interested in photography. Maier's work is beautiful and tragic. Great quality paper. Beautiful hardcover book. And for the price, you can't go wrong.
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This is a fantastic catalog of Vivian Maier's work despite her modesty as a person throughout her lifetime. She hid away very nicely as a nanny and was able to capture stunning shots of NYC. I am extremely intrigued by the social commentary developed in these images.

Highly recommend for the photography book collection!
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By AD on March 14 2014
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Great images. Unfortunate that Vivian is not around and no one nows her in relation to her body of work. Maybe it's best that way, let the images speak for themselves.
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