I first heard of Vivian Maier through a small poster glued to the side of a building, her striking image drew me in and I wanted to find out more. The poster showed the upcoming documentary being screened at The Cube, a cool independent cinema and arts centre in Bristol, and immediately I knew I needed to get tickets. On the night I headed down on my own to a packed out tiny art house cinema, where I sat with a rum and coke in hand as the lights dimmed.
I was totally mesmerised by the life of this unknown woman, a professional nanny who lived in New York amongst other places, who took over 100,000 photographs and showed no-one. Not a soul. These stunning collection of images shows Maier to been one of the most amazing street photographers of her generation and the negatives sat in boxes upon boxes until a few years ago, after her death, they were discovered by a local historian and the first negative was developed.
The book brings together her eye for detail, light and composition, her timing and her ability to never miss a moment, and lays it out for you to embrace and pour over. Maier's stunning photography invites you stare upon the faces of people from a forgotten time and brings you into their lives.
If you love photography or knows anyone who does then this is the perfect coffee table book and if you haven't see the documentary about this incredibly talented woman then now is the time to discover her work.