En 18 chapitres, largement illustrés de photographies, l'auteur mène l'enquête pour percer le(s) secret(s) de la plus mystérieuse des femmes photographe, dont l'oeuvre fut découverte par hasard lors de l'achat d'un lot de photographies anonymes au cours d'une vente aux enchères.
Après le succès du film Finding Vivian Maier, réalisé par John Maloof qui a découvert cette photographe, Ann Marks a ressenti le besoin irrépressible de répondre à toutes les questions qu'il posait.
Formée à la généalogie, elle s'est lancée sur les traces de son héroïne, patiemment, en décortiquant avis de décès, livret militaire, certificats médicaux et en obtenant l'accès à l'ensemble de ses archives. Ann Marks est aujourd'hui la seule personne à avoir analysé 140 000 images de la photographe, mais aussi ses enregistrements sonores et vidéo, ses lettres et journaux intimes. Elle a également interviewé 60 personnes qui connaissaient Vivian Maier et sa famille et en a découvert une trentaine d'autres.
Résultat : cette biographie se dévore comme un polar. On y découvre notamment comment, contrairement aux idées reçues, Vivan Maier a tenté de s'établir comme photographe professionnelle. Ann Marks répond à la question qui hante tous les fans de la photographe : « Qui était-elle vraiment et pourquoi n'a-t-elle pas partagé ses photographies ? »
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, in this definitive biography, Ann Marks uses her complete access to Vivian's personal records and archive of 140,000 photographs to reveal the full story of her extraordinary life.
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.
@00000327@"Ann Marks is the definitive expert on Vivian Maier. Where our documentary leaves off, she picks up. Through her meticulously organized and exhaustive research, Marks paints a complete historical profile of the photographer." @00000341@-John Maloof, Director @00000043@ Producer, Academy Award Nominated Film, @00000373@Finding Vivian Maier@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@@00000341@Author Ann Marks unravels the mysteries surrounding the life of Vivian Maier, the nanny who lived secretly as a world-class photographer. Revelations include a traumatic New York childhood with a family at such odds, its ten members were buried in nine different cemeteries. An emotionally damaged Maier overcame early constraints through fortitude, intellect, and immense creative resources, to live an independent, fulfilling life on her own terms. @00000341@@00000341@The only person in the world granted access to 140,000 photographs, home movies and tape recordings, Marks writes the definitive biography, placing the photographer's work in the context of her life experiences and persona. Based on clues found in pictures, genealogical records and interviews with those who knew the photographer during each stage of her life, the biography is rigorously researched and complete. Unlike typical academic prose, Marks' treatment is clear, engaging, and relatable, with a narrative that unfolds like a bestseller.@00000373@ Vivian Maier Developed@00000155@ relates the arc of the photographer's life to her body of work, illustrated with over 500 images, both favorites and unseen, offering an inspiring tale of a socially conscious, uniquely complex and highly talented woman.
This full-career retrospective on the work of photographer Vivian Maier brings together a selection of key works from throughout her life and career. When Vivian Maier's archive was discovered in Chicago in 2007, the photography community gained an immense and singular talent. Little- known during her lifetime, Maier is now recognized as one of the great American photographers of the twentieth century. Born in New York in 1926 to an Austro-Hungarian father and French mother, she lived in France several times in her youth and worked as a governess in New York and Chicago for much of her adult life. It was during her years as a governess that she took many of the photographs that have made her posthumously famous. Now the subject of films and books, Maier lived in relative obscurity until her death in 2009.
Maier's incredible body of work consists of more than 150,000 photographic images, super 8 and 16 mm films, various recordings, and a multitude of undeveloped films. Working primarily as a street photographer, Maier's work has been compared with such luminaries as Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and Joel Meyerowitz.
Thanks to unpublished archives and recent scientific analyses, this retrospective volume sheds new light on Maier's work as it documents the artistry of her photographic oeuvre. With texts by Anne Morin and Christa Blumlinger, this detailed look at Maier's entire archive is organized thematically into sections that cover self-portraits, the street, portraits, gestures, cinematography, children, color work, and forms. A valuable addition to the continuing assessment of Maier's work, this book is a one- volume compendium of her most enduring images.