Photo book review: Vivian Maier – Street Photographer

Last week I ordered a copy of the Vivian Maier – Street Photographer photo book. Yesterday I got it and it’s great. Really. Vivian shot most or maybe even all her images with a Rolleiflex on black and white film. But I don’t know which ones specifically. It’s great because obviously she didn’t care too much about equipment but about moments, about capturing life as it happens. At that she did a lot.

In most of her photographs there is much to discover and the moments she captured are often centered around more than one person. So it happens that there often is someone in the picture who discovered her taking the photo. I don’t mean that in a negative way. It just caught my eye and since then I look for that person in every image.

The pages are made from very solid, matte, somehow rough paper. I like it very much.

The book puts a spell on the viewer, not literally of course, but I wasn’t able to put it aside. I was always curious which story was waiting on the next page. After seeing about half of the photos I forced myself to stop and keep the rest for later.

If you are interested in black and white street photography you definitely should buy Vivian Maier – Street Photographer. You won’t regret it.


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