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Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits

Edited by John MaloofAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John Maloof
Contribution by Elizabeth AvedonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Elizabeth Avedon
Photographed by Vivian MaierAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Vivian Maier

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Celebrated by The Wall Street JournalVanity FairThe New York TimesAmerican PhotoTown 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.


John Maloof's documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award!

"...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

  • Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits by Vivian Maier, Edited by John Maloof, Contribution by Elizabeth Avedon
  • October 29, 2013
  • Photography - Individual Photographers - Monographs
  • powerHouse Books
  • $50.00
  • 9781576876626

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