Diane Arbus by Patricia Bosworth
A Biography

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Bosworth’s remarkable look at the life of Diane Arbus, one of the most acclaimed and provocative photographers of her time Diane Arbus became famous for her intimate and unconventional portraits of twins, dwarfs, sideshow performers, eccentrics, and everyday “freaks.” Condemned by some for voyeurism, praised by others for compassion, she was nonetheless a transformative figure in twentieth-century photography and hailed by all for her undeniable genius. Her life was cut short when she committed suicide in 1971 at the peak of her career. In the first complete biography of Arbus, author Patricia Bosworth traces the arc of Arbus’s remarkable life: her sheltered upper-class childhood and passionate, all-consuming marriage to Allan Arbus; her roles as wife and devoted mother; and her evolution from fashion photographer to critically acclaimed artist—one who forever altered the boundaries of photography.
 

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Patricia Bosworth is the author of biographies of Montgomery Clift and Marlon Brando. She is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and has taught writing at Columbia University. She lives in New York.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Open Road Media. 293 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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(The book sometimes seems to be a biography of Arbus' lover Alex Eliot, a garrulous source--in contrast to husband Allan Arbus, who declined to be interviewed.) At 18 would-be artist Diane married teenage sweetheart Allan, a would-be actor;

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Chicago Tribune

Nicole Kidman is at her best in roles that require a certain quiet, desperate intensity.

Nov 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Diane Arbus: A Biography

Chicago Tribune

Bored with being her husband's assistant, Diane (pronounced "Dee-ann") Arbus (Nicole Kidman) develops a relationship with her upstairs neighbor, Lionel (Robert Downey Jr.), who suffers from a condition resulting in hair all over his body and face.

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While a previous generation of documentary photographers empathized with their subjects � think of Dorothea Lange’s Depression-era photos of impoverished families � Arbus attacked people with her camera in an effort to expose the emotional truth that she believed laid behind her subject’s decepti...

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