Diane Arbus: A Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Diane Arbus's unsettling photographs of dwarves and twins, transvestites and giants, both polarized and inspired, and her work had already become legendary when she committed suicide in 1971. This groundbreaking biography examines the private life behind Arbus's controversial art. The book deals with Arbus's pampered Manhattan childhood, her passionate marriage to Allan Arbus, their work together as fashion photographers, the emotional upheaval surrounding the end of their marriage, and the radical, liberating, and ultimately tragic turn Arbus's art took during the 1960s when she was so richly productive. This edition includes a new afterword by Patricia Bosworth that covers the phenomenon of Arbus since her death, the latest Arbus scholarship, and a view of the first major retrospective of Arbus's work as well as notes on the forthcoming motion picture based on her story. Bosworth's engrossing book is a portrait of a woman who drastically altered our sense of what is permissible in photography.
  

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Good overview of an iconic American photographer. - Goodreads
Well written and researched book on her life. - Goodreads
I did not enjoy the authors writing style. - Goodreads
Highly recommend to fans of Arbus and or photography. - Goodreads
The writing leaves a lot to be desired. - Goodreads
Check out her photography if you haven't already. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lex Gjurasic - Goodreads

Oh gurl! A real page turner if you love a good 80's artist bio. It's got the dirt that may not be in a bio written now, sometimes not PC. Juicy details such as the fact when Diane turned 40 she ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leilani - Goodreads

This book was interesting enough to keep me reading it...but if the people closest to her didn't collaborate with the author at all, how accurate is the story? Read full review

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Patricia Bosworth is the author of biographies of Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando. She is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and has taught writing at Columbia University. She lives in New York.

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