OOTSI love the whole story of Vivian Maier, a woman who took thousands of photographs in her lifetime, chronicling the ever day scenes she discovered in her world. She took the photos, and in many cases never developed the film. Ms. Maier was a curious figure as few of her photos were ever seen until after her death. Thanks to the modern world where people’s curiosity meets the relative ease of finding an audience for things like art and photography – Ms. Maier’s work has found life after her death.

In the wonderful book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, we are treated to some of Ms. Maier’s wonderful images and a bit of an oral history of the person who left behind such a legacy – each equally compelling.

About Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams: “Presenting her breathtaking photographs alongside revealing interviews with those who knew her best, this volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier’s work in context and create a moving portrait of her as an artist. Though she created more than 120,000 negatives during her lifetime, only a few were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen photographs–gritty with humanity and filled with empathy and beauty–were shown online. What followed was a firestorm of attention, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography. Her work has appeared in numerous museum exhibits and a feature-length documentary on her life and art has already been planned. Features more than 300 duotone photos printed on 105# paper with flood varnish.”

In Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, authors and curators Richard Cahan and Michael Williams introduce us to a gifted artist who very easily could have been lost for all time. It makes you wonder what talent and creativity never sees the light of day. Lucky for us, Ms. Maier’s work has been found and will live on forever.

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.