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Vi­vian Maier: The Color Work

Colin Wester­beck Harper De­sign

Re­mem­ber the Chicago mys­tery nanny whose cache of some 150,000 prints, neg­a­tives, trans­paren­cies and rolls of un­de­vel­oped film were dis­cov­ered at auc­tion af­ter her death? Her name was Vi­vian Maier, and this book brings her me­an­der­ing to life in colour. One self-por­trait says it all with a sliver of her face re­flected in a hand mirror that rests on a bunch of yel­low flow­ers on street brick, from 1975. ($90)

Lit­er­ary Chick­ens

Beth Moon Abbeville Press

You heard that right. The New York pho­tog­ra­pher Moon has paired 52 gor­geous black-and-white por­traits of her­itage-breed chick­ens with lit­er­ary ex­cerpts. The beady-eyed gazes of ev­ery last one of the birds are fixed on Moon’s lens. Con­sider the Sil­ver Phoenix fe­male paired with this from Vir­ginia Woolf’s Night and Day: “I’ve done my best to see you as you are, with­out any of this damned ro­man­tic non­sense.” ($37)

Trees: Be­tween Earth and Heaven

Pho­to­graphs by Art Wolfe, text by Gre­gory Mcnamee Earth Aware Editions

Wolfe is a land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher who has worked on ev­ery con­ti­nent. Here, he puts us up close with a leop­ard loung­ing in a thorn tree in Botswana. He shares the colour­ful gi­ant se­quoias of Cal­i­for­nia. Light dances through his im­ages, as does the icy Moreno Glacier that serves as back­drop to the tops of South­ern beech in Ar­gentina. ($71)

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