Patricia Bosworth

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Diane Arbus: A Biography
by Patricia Bosworth
Publisher's Description
In this long awaited biography on one of our most enigmatic photographers, Bosworth delves deeply into the life and acquaintances of Diane Arbus. Since the publication of the classic Aperture monograph in 1972, there has been very little published on Arbus' life. This biography goes far to fill that void.
Amazon.com Review
Opportunities for sensationalism abound in a book about Arbus, who already had a history of severe depressions and a crumbling marriage by the time she began to take the controversial, technically innovative pictures of dwarfs, nudists and drag queens that won her a reputation as "a photographer of freaks." Bosworth balances the lurid details -- rumors that Arbus had sex with her subjects, that she photographed her own suicide in 1971 -- with a nuanced appraisal of an artist whose images captured the uneasy mood of the 1960s by expressing her personal obsessions.
ISBN: 0394504046
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover : 366 pages
Language: English
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