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Diane Arbus

A Biography

written by Patricia Bosworth

W. W. Norton and Company | ISBN 9780393326611

Paperback – 400 pages

$29.95

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Examines the life of the famous photographer, which culminated in suicide in 1971, in terms of her famous images of the grotesque and aberrant. 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.

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