Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Portrait of A Photographer

Book - 2016
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Traces the life of the influential twentieth-century photographer to link the extraordinary arc of her experiences to her iconic images, exploring her role in shaping both photography and contemporary art while offering insights into the unique perspectives that drew her to her subjects.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062234322
Characteristics: xviii, 734 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 07, 2017

Greatly detailed book on Diane Arbus and her work including info on many of her contemporaries. Unfortunately, like many biographies on photographers/artists, there's not one photo of her work shown and this is due to the estate now allowing it. Otherwise, it's a great book with many details. Highly recommend.

Mar 07, 2017

I was really irritated that the title said this was about her work but it had no images that she took. It was all about her psychology and methods but only had descriptions of her photos. Also I thought the author had no clue about how childhood sexual abuse can play out for the victim in later years. He seemed to find her behavior baffling and even repulsive but he didn't even try to understand it. A bad book about a great artist.

Sep 03, 2016

I am most definitely not a photography expert or nor do I have even a rudimentary knowledge of the art, but I do know Arbus's name and was interested in reading about her. However, I didn't expect or want this level of detail - way too much info about her cameras, her technical skills, etc. This book was HUGE and I was overwhelmed by the info I didn't understand or want to know. The info about Diane's personality, family, etc - the usual content of a biography - I liked, but I ended up skipping large sections of the book when it became clear that this was written for a photo disciple or a devotee of Arbus. If you are one or the other, you'll probably love this level of detail - not for me altho I appreciate the author's diligence


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