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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User Review  - Elpaca - LibraryThing

After seeing some wildly disturbing photos by Arbus in a museum years and years ago, I purchased this bio to try to understand the mind that created them. Bosworth's book clearly presented the ... Read full review

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User Review  - GsLibrary - LibraryThing

This was a depressing book as Diane was a depressed person portrayed in this book. Though she had huge talent for photography, she did not seem to 'give herself enough credit'. Coming from a seemingly ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

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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