Shortly after her photographic archive was discovered in 2007, the previously unknown Vivian Maier was soon recognized as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, together with artists such as Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Joel Meyerowitz.
Entirely self-taught, Maier began photographing in the 1950s while working as a nanny in New York and Chicago. Although she continued to photograph for the entirety of her life, her artistic output remained largely unknown until she defaulted on her storage lockers in 2009, leading to her possessions going to auction and her works being discovered.
The photobook “Vivian Maier”, published by Thames & Hudson and edited by Anne Morin, Anne Marks and Christa Blümlinger, serves as a comprehensive introduction to her outstanding oeuvre (which comprises more than 150,000 images and films). Divided into eight chapters, the book focuses on Maier’s works in the categories Self-portraits, Streets, Portraits, Gestures, Cinematic, Color, Childhood and Forms. In three essays, Anne Morin, Anne Marks and Christa Blümlinger provide further insight into the artist Vivian Maier, her works and her incredible story.