Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny

Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny

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The definitive biography that unlocks the remarkable story of Vivian Maier, the nanny who lived secretly as a world-class photographer, featuring nearly 400 of her images, many never seen before, placed for the first time in the context of her life.

Vivian Maier, the photographer nanny whose work was famously discovered in a Chicago storage locker, captured the imagination of the world with her masterful images and mysterious life. Before posthumously skyrocketing to global fame, she had so deeply buried her past that even the families she lived with knew little about her. No one could relay where she was born or raised, if she had parents or siblings, if she enjoyed personal relationships, why she took photographs and why she didn’t share them with others. Now, the full story of her extraordinary life is explored by the only person who has been given access to her personal records and archive of 140,000 photographs.

Based on meticulous investigative research, Vivian Maier Developed reveals the story of a woman who fled from a family with a hidden history of illegitimacy, bigamy, parental rejection, substance abuse, violence, and mental illness to live life on her own terms. Left with a limited ability to disclose feelings and form relationships, she expressed herself through photography, creating a secret portfolio of pictures teeming with emotion, authenticity, and humanity. With limitless resilience she knocked down every obstacle in her way, determined to improve her lot in life and that of others by tirelessly advocating for the rights of workers, women, African Americans, and Native Americans. No one knew that behind the detached veneer was a profoundly intelligent, empathetic, and inspired woman—a woman so creatively gifted that her body of work would become one of the greatest photographic discoveries of the century.

Title:Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny
ISBN:9781982166724
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    Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny Reviews

  • Jenny Lawson

    A fascinating companion to the documentary about Vivian Maier. A bit long at times though and I wish there were more photos included....

  • Erik

    In preparing to write Vivian Maier Developed, Ann Marks, former Chief Marketing Officer of The Wall Street Journal, spent the better part of a decade investigating the life of one of the 20th Century'...

  • Patricia Ann

    I enjoyed the book with reservations. The research, the index, oh my. I loved hearing about Vivan's travels, her family of origin, her alliances and her personality. My reservations: The Diagnosis of ...

  • Jennifer

    Sometimes quiet lives echo the loudest....

  • Bonnie Irwin

    If I wanted to quibble, I'd say that the early chapters of this book are a bit slow moving, as Marks explores Ms, Maier's ancestry, but the time spent on her grandparents and parents pays off later on...

  • Carol

    I remember so well when Vivian Maier burst upon the scene. Her photography was so striking, and her life story so lonely, so sad. This book does her a great service by delving deeply into her family b...

  • Sonia Schoenfield

    When Vivian Maier's photographs were released to the public some 15 years ago, no one knew much about her. She had been a nanny in Chicago and had a passion for "street photography," taking pictures a...

  • Mystic Miraflores

    I had never before heard of Vivian Maier and I love reading about previously unknown fascinating people. Vivian's life story really sounded like a novel. Could such a complex and rich life with a dark...

  • Zaz

    Great book, with a lot of work put into researching Vivian's life and family history. It was interesting to have a background with so much depth, even if a part of it will never be completed. Vivian's...

  • Richard

    Wish there were more books like thisWhile the family relationships are quite complicated and hard to remember, it is fabulous to follow the photographer, Vivian Meier, through her life with photos fro...