Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits (Hardcover)

By John Maloof (Editor), Vivian Maier (Photographer)
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Celebrated by "The" "Wall Street Journal," "Vanity Fair," "The New York Times," "American Photo," "Town and Country," and countless other publications, the life's work of recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier has captivated the world and spawned comparisons to photography's masters including Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Walker Evans, and Weegee among others.
Now, for the first time, "Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits" reveals the fullest and most intimate portrait of the artist to date with approximately 60 never-before-seen black-and-white and four-color self-portraits culled from the extensive Maloof archive, the preeminent collector of the work of Vivian Maier and editor of the highly acclaimed "Vivian Maier: Street Photographer" (powerHouse Books, 2011)--bringing us closer to the reclusive artist than ever before.

About the Author

John Maloof is an author and street photographer involved in the historic preservation of Chicago's Northwest Side. He discovered the first negatives of Vivian Maier's work in 2007 while compiling a book about the history of the neighborhood where he grew up. He edited the first and second published collections of Maier's work, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer and Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits. He lives in Chicago.

Praise For…

"...her photographs are so powerful and their 1950s and 1960s scenes"

"her selfies make her not the center of attention but a haunting presence registered only in glints and shadows."
-Wall Street Journal

"Vivian Maier's self-portraits are mesmerizing."
-CNN, Amanpour

"'Self-Portraits' meets the mystery head on, collecting the many pictures Maier took of herself. They are a mix of the spontaneous and the studied, as the photographer aimed her camera at mirrors and shop windows, capturing her reflection with careful detail and composition. They are among her most accomplished pictures and may be the most revealing artifacts she left behind."
-LA Times

"A new photo book offers few clues about the woman behind the camera."
-Mother Jones

"Her work alternately brings to mind Lisette Model, Leon Levinstein, Harry Callahan, Garry Winogrand, Weegee, Helen Levitt and Robert Frank. But the uncracked nut at the core of her mystery is this: Why didn't Vivian Maier show anyone her pictures?"
-Wall Street Journal

"Saved from obscurity, the work of an unknown street photographer is, at last, coming out of the shadows."
-Anthony Mason, CBS News

"An unassuming Chicago baby sitter named Vivian Maier was one of the pioneers of street photography.  But for 60 years, nobody knew it."
-The New York Times Style Magazine

“An undiscovered artist whose photography is now being compared to the giants, a reclusive woman who, in death, is attracting the kind of attention and acclaim she would have shunned in life.”
-The Huffington Post

"Show-cased in the new book Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, out this month from powerHouse-rivet the viewer with the extreme vulnerability of her subjects."
-Vanity Fair

"[Maier] is a gifted visual thinking with a strong sense of self. Through [her] lens, self-shadows and window reflections are deftly composed more about context than the figure at the center"
-American Photo

"A combination of straight forward portraits, mirrored reflections and abstract self-portrayals, the collection...attempts to put a face to the name that's most recently captured the photography world's attention"
-The Huffington Post

"For many people, the discovery of her work has been one of the great unearthings of our age."
-The New Yorker

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576876626
ISBN-10: 1576876624
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013
Pages: 120
Language: English