WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK
“The exceptional story of masterful nanny street photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009) continues to unfold, entrancing viewers and readers everywhere.
Here they publish for the first time 100 pristine and electrifying portraits of strangers the rapturously observant Maier encountered by chance and swiftly connected with eye-to-eye.
The longer you gaze at these sumptuously printed black-and-white photographs, taken from 1949 into the 1970s, the more you realize how brilliantly and vibrantly composed they are and how captivated resolute and relentless Maier was by the power of faces and by people’s profound relationships with their surroundings. Maier’s portraits, radiant flashes of mutual recognition, are breathtaking works of art.”
“In this title, Cahan and Williams, authors of Out of the Shadows, have again followed a thematic approach, this time gathering informal portraits in which Maier has caught the eye of at least one person in the frame. While these photographs may not rise to the artistry and unbelievable originality of Maier’s street images and self-portraits, they do offer touching glimpses into the lives of those portrayed and a quiet sense of humanity. The authors contribute a short, insightful introduction but otherwise allow the artwork to speak for itself. Verdict: Anyone who appreciates photography, especially incomparable photographs, will love Eye to Eye.”
“Maier shot mostly with a twin-lens Rolleiflex held at hip-height, which allowed her to capture the world as she saw it inconspicuously. Not everyone noticed she was taking pictures, but sometimes people looked back. This monograph, culled from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection, collects images in which subjects reciprocated Maier’s gaze: a young boy peers through the round window of his balaclava; a gold-toothed mother suckles her child; a hoary French farmer holds a flower in his mouth; a grandma in horn rims purses her bow lips; a girl smiles widely from the recesses of her woolly hood. Seen together, these pictures of strangers speak volumes about the true talent of the photographer, especially her ability to capture the instant, temporary intimacy that blooms when we choose to look into each other’s eyes.”