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Diane Arbus: Untitled Hardcover – September 30, 2011
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"The photographs were taken at residences for the mentally retarded between 1966 and 1971, places she kept going back to every few months or so, to picnics, dances, on Halloween," writes Arbus's daughter in the short afterword here. "This is simply information. What is in the pictures lies closer to home." In fact, what is revealed on page after page hits almost too close to home. Best known for her documentary yet wholly empathetic photographs of the human oddities from which polite society averts its gaze, Arbus reached the limits of the medium's possibilities for both truth-telling and identification in this series made in the years and months before her suicide. In those times, anyone choosing the severely handicapped as subject matter would risk accusations of exploitation, but this collection is immune: not simply because the subjects are clearly willing participants, giddily posing for the rare opportunity, but also because the product utterly lacks a voyeuristic dimension. There is no visible attempt to compose an art or to layer the images with the artist's interpretation. These are simply some of the most disturbingly honest photographs ever taken. Essential for all photography collections.?Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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In an afterword to this remarkable gathering of her mother's photographs, Doon Arbus insists that the intent of these works "wasn't . . . about who or what she saw, but about the experience of seeing it and the power of her photographs to make that experience visible." Between 1969 and 1971, Diane Arbus focused her lens on residents in homes for the mentally retarded. Her patient eye searches out the individual in an isolated space and time, for instance, a little girl who squeezes a Styrofoam cup in her hands while holding under her arm a shoe box bearing the brand name "Child Life," providing ironic contrast with her face, which looks, somehow, too old. Doon Arbus writes that her mother's photographs remind "us that facts lie at the root of what we're looking at," yet it takes us a moment to realize or even come to terms with those facts. These haunting images, jarring yet magical, arrive from the past to give a lyrical poke at our collective subconscious, to wake us up--and remind us to look. Raul Nino --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book represents Dianne's final work, photographs taken of the mentally retarded at a Hallowe'en celebration. An intense body of work but never exploitive, she photographed her subject as kindred spirits as if she recognized in them much of herself. As you go through these photos and imagine Dianne's mindset,these become almost self-portraits.....
There was nowhere for her to go after this, much like dear Ian after recording Closer (spend some time with those lyrics and you'll see he also had come to the end).
Harrowing stuff as much real art is and should be.
As indispensable as her first monograph.
I gave copy to special friend.
In black and white, Diane Arbus captured the essence of these mentally challenged children.
I think it's her best work...She seemed to think so too, at the time. There are no words; no wise explanations;
Each photograph depicts the story of living in a home for the mentally retarded in the early 1970's. Their concerns
speak volumes today in timeless fashion.
That's the theme of "Untitled." There is no dissimulation, no attempt to deceive, and no discomfort in the people depicted herein. Even the masked people look as if the costumes they are wearing are their real selves. They confront us with their true identities, stripped of all need to control the face they present to the world. No one should be disturbed by this - but then, the truth can be disturbing.
That being said, "Untitled" is mainly for Arbus completists. Several photographs are so poorly focused as to be distracting, and the best ones were already included in "An Aperture Monograph." One reason for this could be that Arbus had limited control in posing her subjects and taking multiple shots. The iconic photograph of the boy with the hand grenade was one of many attempts at capturing what she had in mind. In the other photographs of this subject, he looks like a perfectly normal kid. The opportunity to select the best out of a group of photos may not have been possible with the subjects of "Untitled."
Regardless, this collection exemplifies Arbus' observation that "I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them." I would not want to be without it.
The quality of the photos in the book are beautiful and pretty much true to form of an actual work from her. I highly recommend this book!