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A Memoir of Love and Art in s Manhattan. Diane Arbus was a great photographer.

I really appreciated the author’s insights into her childhood, her relationships, and adult conceptions of the world. Anything your little heart desires: Despair over human fragility and vulnerability? Until someone writes a book about that sentence, “It’s about love,” Arbus is for me yet another artist who’s sufficiently known by a wiki article and bbosworth of her work.

The last two-thirds of the book just feels like a list of places and people Arbus photographed, and some of her money troubles, which seemed never-ending, but it just feels all surface, to me. A box of eiane photographs. This was a depressing book as Diane was a depressed person portrayed in this book.

Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yes, I think so. She went head on into them as she went into her own deep and disturbing places, the places we all have. I was surprised and enthralled by the level of New York madness that Arbus grew up in. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Over Our Dead Bodies.

See all 51 reviews. I wasn’t familiar with her work, but I recognised the twins from the movie The Shining, so it lead to a bit of research.


She lives with her daughters, but neither one–nor her relationship with them, which would be interesting, since Bosworth puts so much emphasis on Arbus’s strained family relationships–is really discussed at all, except to mention twice that the younger daughter had “a weight problem”, which seemed a bizarre thing to focus on.

I can never understand such bizarre minds. I feel like he was the first to really have the medium and means to make himself into a work of art. See 1 question about Patrocia Arbus…. Plus, she was arbsu very interested in you. A great read with refrences to other artists, such as Mary and Robert Frank, that were worth checking out if you weren’ This book was filled with great ideas from a great artist about what photography is, was, can be, would be, to be.

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Many found her photos to be repulsive. How to write bosaorth great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

May 18, Adrienne rated it did not like it Shelves: Once she and her husband not longe I loved the story of how her family came to this country and succeeded in creating a dept.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. She boswortu remarkably prolific and much of her work remains unseen by order of her daughter Doon, the executor of the estate.

Since her death in she has been considered one of the defining photographers of the sixties. I liked the fact that the focus is on Arbus’ life and work, rather than the more technical aspects of photography.


Check out the top books arbuz the year on our page Best Books of During her lifetime few if any of these pictures made it into a collection and she continued to make a meager living doing a fashion shoot or a piece for the New Yorker to cover the rent.

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A Life in Photography. Product details Hardcover Publisher: A moment in history that witnessed a cultural shift. I think every artist does. Asperger’s on the Inside. Not sure if that makes this book that much better or worse.

Diane Arbus

The people she confronted in her work were confronted gently and harshly, but with the greatest compassion. He developed passionate friendships with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in spite of his closeted homosexuality.

The Best Books of Time will tell and has been shouting about her ever since she began her second career, but I want to say more.

It was this innocence that underlies her ongoing fascination with her subjects — including the famous photos of the angry boy with the toy hand grenade, the twin girls dressed alike or the wealthy couple in their backyard of their Long Island estate.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Preview — Diane Arbus by Patricia Bosworth. Howard Nemerov was also no slouch. Is it a good book?

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