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Diane Arbus: Revelations Hardcover – September 30, 2003
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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 Presenting many of her lesser-known or previously unpublished photographs in the context of the iconic images reveals a subtle yet persistent view of the world.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artist's eldest daughter, illustrated by more than three hundred additional images and composed mainly of previously unpublished excerpts from the artist's letters, notebooks, and other writings, amounts to a kind of autobiography.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 precedesbiographical 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The selection of her photographs is comprehensive and well organized as you would expect from her estate which owns them all. No doubt the Fraenkel Gallery near SFMOMA had a lot to do with the quality of the show and book. Read it before you attend the show and you will learn a lot even if you've never heard of her.
Coupled with the detailed chronology of her life, the images give a clear picture of a character which has been obscured by mythology and rumor for 30 years. I am not a fan of Diane Arbus (and certainly not a detractor) but I gained a lot of respect for her as an artist as I read her notes and quotes about her own work.
If you are looking for a biography of a brave young woman artist in the mid-twentieth century, this one is good. It is thorough and not editorialized with adjulation. The only gratuitious facts that I would have left out are the cold details of her death in the coroner's reports at the end of the book. Yet I get the impression this is the way she would have wanted it. This is the book she would have written. Absent some equal scholarship to the contrary, this is the truth about Diane Arbus.
Nor will I forget her self portrait, naked pregnant, in this latest volume. So much. So much. This is the volume Arbus lovers have been waiting for. Printed in Germany, beautifully bound, positively packed with images, diary entries, extracts from letters, comment. A bargain.
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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 12 months ago by Paulo Maia
beautiful artist and wonderful art! this is a great book to have!Published 21 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 on June 5, 2014 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 on December 29, 2013 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 Amazon Customer