"A definitive biographical account of the photographer."
"Compelling and richly detailed, this book sheds new and important light on an intriguing photographer and her singular life. A well-researched and incisive biography of an artist who should be better known."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Built on zealously assiduous research, illuminating in fresh detail...precise...thoughtful...Marks presents Maier in all her complexity, vision, and mastery."
– Booklist, starred review
"With the keen eye of a detective and persistence of a genealogist, researcher Marks unravels the complicated story of 'nanny wonder' Vivian Maier (1926–2009), one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic street photographers.... Marks vividly evokes a woman full of both tragic and amusing complexities....In doing so, the author shines a light on the 'intelligence, creativity, [and] passion' behind Maier’s preternatural ability to capture 'the universality of the human condition.' This definitive account will leave readers in awe."
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
"With the wit and tenacity of a Sherlock, Ann Marks brings the mystery of Vivian Maier's life into vivid focus. By turns illuminating, inspiring, and tragic, her intensely caring and deeply researched biography reveals how Maier developed as a woman and the artist who remains in our minds as an enduring, formidable, and creative force.”
– Joel Meyerowitz
“Through her unique research into Vivian Maier's life, Ann Marks has solved key mysteries in which this extraordinary woman's photography has been shrouded.”
– Colin Westerbeck, Co-author of Bystander: A History of Street Photography and Former Photography Curator, Chicago Institute of Art
“Ann Marks is the definitive expert on Vivian Maier. Where our documentary leaves off, she picks up. Through her meticulously organized and exhaustive research, Marks paints a complete historical profile of the photographer.”
– John Maloof, Director & Producer, Academy Award-nominated “Finding Vivian Maier”
“Working like a forensic detective, Ann Marks breathes life into the elusive Vivian Maier. Her biography brings forth a needed understanding of the artist and better appreciation of her art.”
– Jeffrey Goldstein, Original owner of partial Vivian Maier archive
“For anyone fascinated and curious about Vivian Maier, Ann Marks’ book is a must read. Her deep and thorough research yields a complete biography of this woman whose life has been shrouded in mystery.There is nothing else out there that speaks objective truth and foregoes conjecture like this work by Ms. Marks. I've learned more about Vivian Maier than I thought possible.”
– Howard Greenberg, Owner, Howard Greenberg Gallery
“Ann Marks has uncovered the true story so that Vivian can finally be honored for the talented and inspiring woman as we know her in the Champsaur.”
– Marie Hugues, Presidente de l’association “Vivian Maier et le Champsaur”
"We gave our testimonies to Ann Marks to tell Vivian Maier's story because she is committed to accurately portraying the people and events. No other account has yet described Vivian, her French family, and her life in Champsaur with such detail and accuracy." -
– Sylvain and Rosette Jaussaud, family of Vivian Maier