Diane Arbus: A Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - Photographers - 366 pages
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Diane Arbus's startling photographic images of dwarfs, twins, transvestites, and freaks seemed from the first to redefine both the normal and the abnormal in our lives; they were already becoming part of the iconography of the age when Arbus committed suicide in 1971. Arbus herself remained an enigma until the publication of this first full biography. Patricia Bosworth examines the life behind the eerie, mesmerizing photographs - Diane's pampered childhood; her passionate marriage to Allan Arbus and their work together as fashion photographers during the fifties; the emotional upheaval surrounding the end of that marriage; and the radically dark, liberating, and ultimately tragic turn Diane's art took during the sixties. Bosworth's engrossing book is a compassionate portrait of the woman behind some of the most powerful photographs of our time.
  

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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
She democratized photography in her own way. - Goodreads
Highly recommend to fans of Arbus and or photography. - Goodreads
The writing leaves a lot to be desired. - 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  - Clelia - Goodreads

Very moving, mostly just because it's Diane Arbus. I took this with a grain of salt because I had heard that it was a bit sensationalistic, not strictly factual in all places, maybe even written for ... Read full review

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has known Jane Fonda since they were students at the Actors Studio and has been writing about her since 1968. Bosworth has also written acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando. She lives in New York.

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