Muscle men, midgets, socialites, circus performers and asylum inmates: in the 1950s and '60s, photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) cast her strong eye on them all, capturing them as no one else could. Her documentary-style photos of society's margin-walkers were objective and reverential, while she often portrayed so-called normal people looking far more freakish than the freaks. Her powerful work was well-received in its day. Arbus received Guggenheim Fellowships in 1963 and 1966 and was included in a major show at MOMA in 1967. But her work entered the realm of near-myth after her 1971 suicide.Posthumously cast as everything from patron saint of the underdog to a crass exploiter of the mentally challenged, Arbus has curiously never had a large retrospective until the show Revelations was organized by Arbus' family and SF MOMA. The accompanying catalogue is an oversized, sumptuous, beautifully printed tome. It includes all of the artist's iconic photographs as well as many that have never been publicly exhibited, including many pages of contact sheets, journal entries, and family snapshots. This work is so strong, it's mind-blowing. The giant in his apartment with his parents looks absolutely regal, his parents sad and confused. Are those crazy people always so happy? And what to make of this moment of extreme tenderness between a dominatrix and her client? This is a book worth hours of your time. --Mike McGonigal
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 Presenting many of her lesser-known or previously unpublished photographs in the context of the iconic images reveals a subtle yet persistent view of the world.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.
Its a wonderful book. Good content and great print (you can feel the texture of the photos!). Graphic design is very beautiful, well illustrated and texts let us more close of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Paulo Maia
beautiful artist and wonderful art! this is a great book to have!Published 9 months ago by Bogie Jr.
This book was worth the investment! At B&N they were selling it for $110, but here saved me a $40-50 bucks! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christopher C Tandoc
This was a gift to my daughter-in-law who is a photographer and owns her own business. She had this item on her Christmas list and it was a book that she thought she would like but... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rita Hock
I really enjoyed the previously unpublished photos and commentaries throughout the book. This is the most comprehensive book on Diane Arbus that I have ever seen!Published on May 9, 2013 by tomocola
I bought it as a gift for a friend who was doing some research for a movie script he was writing. He liked it.Published on February 10, 2013 by AnielaS
It's everything they say it is. Many beautiful photos that were not in the Aperture monograph, an embarrassment of riches for Arbus fans. Beautifully printed in Germany. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Doreen Appleton
The definitive Diane Arbus collection of her photographs. If you have tyhe Aperture Monograh and the Magazine work book, you might still consider buying this book.Published on October 9, 2009 by Jabbalooba