Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife

Vivian Maier A Photographer s Life and Afterlife Who was Vivian Maier Many people 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

  • Title: Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife
  • Author: Pamela Bannos
  • ISBN: 9780226470757
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Who was Vivian Maier Many people 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 recenWho was Vivian Maier Many people 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 and passionate 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 have profited from her work have created around her absence Bannos 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 she explains Maier s careful adjustments of photographic technique, while explaining how the photographs have been misconstrued or misidentified As well, Bannos uncovers new information about Maier s immediate family, including her difficult brother, Karl relatives that once had been thought not to exist This authoritative and engrossing biography shows that the real story of Vivian Maier, a true visionary artist, is even compelling than the myth.

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    1. My review for the Chicago Tribune: chicagotribune/lifestyIn her groundbreaking biography "Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife," Pamela Bannos offers an exhaustively researched and engrossingly written examination of the life and work of the enormously talented and intensely private American photographer whose images of life in the 20th century have captured countless imaginations in the 21st.Many fans know — or think they know — the general outline of the mystery of the late Vi [...]

    2. While the first chapter is a bit slow -- it's a look at the family lineage of Vivian Maier which, without a lot of context, is kind of meaningless initially -- everything makes sense as the book continues. Bannos takes what has become a myth about the ultra-talented nanny photographer and explores the true history of Vivian Maier and how her life and photography mirrored the development of the art. This book unravels a lot about Maier which has so conveniently been left off the real story of a w [...]

    3. As someone who lives in Chicago, I have been fascinated by the Vivian Maier story since the beginning. I was part of the Kickstarter campaign and have followed the story with deep interest. After seeing Maloof's film, which I found a bit underwhelming, I felt like there was something missing. Now I understand why.Bannos does an exceptional job of not only making Vivian Maier a full human being as opposed to a caricature of the odd single asexual nanny who likes to take pictures, but puts her in [...]

    4. What an interesting book captivated by characters whose motivations are not always altruistic. The author details Vivian Maier's life juxtaposed against the sale of her photography and life's work while giving attention to the history of photography and its equipment. Vivian's work laid bare for public consumption is in stark contrast to her private life and her fierce independence and brings forth a variety of questions, from copy rights to privacy to class and gender.

    5. Wow. This was an amazing book about a photographer/nanny who took over 100,000 photos during her life-time most of which she never had developed. Several months before she died, her possessions were sold after she quit paying on a storage rental. Her photos were found and developed and she became very famous for them.

    6. "The art world needs more Vivian Maiers.” The (Often Complicated) Lives of Artists nytimes/2018/01/12/bo Vivian Maier, Through a Clearer Lens, nytimes/2017/10/31/bo

    7. This book was thoroughly researched, the author clearly admires Maier and has done a good job chronically her life and work. However, it's dry as dust and I don't see what the excitement is over Vivian Maier. None of her images catch my eye.

    8. Very interesting book which highlights Maier's photographic life and the distribution of her life's work, including who owns rights.

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