An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus

Front Cover
Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Sep 6, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
4 Reviews
Diane Arbus was one of the most brilliant and revered photographers in the history of American art. Her portraits, in stark black and white, seemed to reveal the psychological truths of their subjects. But after she committed suicide at the age of 48, the presumed chaos and darkness of her own inner life became, for many viewers, inextricable from her work.
In the spirit of Janet Malcolm's classic examination of Sylvia Plath, The Silent Woman, William Todd Schultz's An Emergency in Slow Motion reveals the creative and personal struggles of Diane Arbus. Schultz, an expert in personality psychology, veers from traditional biography to look at Arbus's life through the prism of five central mysteries: her childhood, her outcast affinity, her sexuality, her time in therapy, and her suicide. He seeks not to give Arbus some definitive diagnosis, but to ponder some of the private motives behind her public works and acts. In this approach, Schultz not only goes deeper into her life than any previous writing, but provides a template to think about the creative life in general.
Schultz's careful analysis is informed, in part, by the recent release of Arbus's writing by her estate, as well as interviews with Arbus's last therapist. An Emergency in Slow Motion combines new revelations and breathtaking insights into a must-read psychobiography about a monumental artist -- the first new look at Arbus in 25 years.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - tixylix - LibraryThing

I was looking forward to reading this book because I am intrigued by Arbus' photography and wanted a more truthful depiction than the film Fur provided. Unfortunately, I don't really feel that I got ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - BALE - LibraryThing

William Todd Schultz’s psycho-biography, “An Emergency in Slow Motion, The Inner Life of Diane Arbus”, is a psychological interpretation of Diane Arbus’ interior life and how it influenced her ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
The Secret Chapter 3 Fairy Tales for Grownups
The Black Knot
Sweeping Back the Ocean
Acknowledgments
A Note on theAuthor
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

William Todd Schultz is a professor of psychology at Pacific University in Oregon, focusing on personality research and psychobiography. He edited and contributed to the groundbreaking Handbook of Psychobiography, and curates the book series Inner Lives, analyses of significant artists and political figures. His own book in the series, Tiny Terror, examines the life of Truman Capote. Todd Schultz blogs for Psychology Today.

Bibliographic information