The Untold Story of Photographer Nanny by Ann Marks. Atria, $ 40 (368p) ISBN 978-1-982166-72-4

Anne Marques. Atria, $ 40 (368p) ISBN 978-1-982166-72-4

With the keen eye of a detective and the perseverance of a genealogist, researcher Marks unravels the complicated story of “wonder nanny” Vivian Maier (1926-2009), one of the most enigmatic street photographers in the world. 20th century. When Maier’s photographs were first revealed in 2007, she quickly became a phenomenon in the art world for her “mastery of the fortuitous choreography of everyday life” and, so far, for her mysterious personal story. Here, Marks paints the “full picture” of Maier’s life, from a difficult childhood with his single mother in France, to his teenage years in New York City in the 1930s, and, later, his 40 years as a photographer. , who she juggled with her work as a caregiver for various families (“Vivian had one foot in every world”). Drawing on her extensive access to the Maier archives, Marks vividly evokes a woman full of both tragic and amusing complexities, who battled paranoia and hoarding disorder, was a tireless civil rights activist and had as much affinity for photographing moments of “human affection” as she did for the “often overlooked old people”. In doing so, the author highlights “intelligence, creativity, [and] passion ”behind Maier’s supernatural capacity to grasp“ the universality of the human condition ”. This definitive account will leave readers in awe. (Dec.)

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