Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Revelations

Book - 2003
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Diane Arbus redefined the concerns and the range of the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach have established her preeminence in the world of the visual arts. Her gift for rendering strange those things we consider most familiar, and uncovering the familiar within the exotic, enlarges our understanding of ourselves.

Diane Arbus Revelations affords the first opportunity to explore the origins, scope, and aspirations of what is a wholly original force in photography. Arbus's frank treatment of her subjects and her faith in the intrinsic power of the medium have produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are. Presenting many of her lesser-known or previously unpublished photographs in the context of the iconic images reveals a subtle yet persistent view of the world.

The book reproduces two hundred full-page duotones of Diane Arbus photographs spanning her entire career, many of them never before seen. It also includes an essay, "The Question of Belief," by Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and "In the Darkroom," a discussion of Arbus's printing techniques by Neil Selkirk, the only person authorized to print her photographs since her death. A 104-page Chronology by Elisabeth Sussman, guest curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art show, and Doon Arbus, the artist's eldest daughter, illustrated by more than three hundred additional images and composed mainly of previously unpublished excerpts from the artist's letters, notebooks, and other writings, amounts to a kind of autobiography. An Afterword by Doon Arbus precedes biographical entries on the photographer's friends and colleagues by Jeff L. Rosenheim, associate curator of photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These texts help illuminate the meaning of Diane Arbus's controversial and astonishing vision.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375506208
0375506209
Branch Call Number: 779.2092 A667r
779.2092 A667r
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. ; 33 cm
Additional Contributors: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Alternative Title: Revelations

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Jul 21, 2016

This is a beautiful, hefty book with many Arbus photographs. The chronology is thorough with photographs which are not usually seen, and proof sheets included, along with ephemera, including pages from Arbus' notebooks. What came through was how hard she worked at her photography and to keep in touch with not only her subjects but everyone in her world, which included other photographers, museum people and magazine people who could help her get jobs. The list is vast.

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