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Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition 
 
  
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Paperback 
184 pages 
Aperture 
Published 1997 
  
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Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph was originally published in 1972, one year after the artist's death, in conjunction with a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art. Edited and designed by Arbus's daughter, Doon, and her friend and colleague, painter Marvin Israel, the monograph contains eighty of her most masterful photos. The images in this newly published edition, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collection's original publication, were printed from new three-hundred-line-screen duotone film, allowing for startlingly clear reproduction. The impact of the collection is heightened by the introduction, which contains excerpts of audio tapes in which Arbus discusses her experiences as a photographer and her feelings about the often bizarre nature of her subjects. Diane Arbus's work has indelibly impacted modern visual sensibilities, evidenced by the intensely personal moments captured in this powerful group of photographs.  
  
 
  
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"Diane Arbus was no a theorist but an artist. Her concern was not to buttress philosophical positions but to make pictures. She loved photography for the miracles it performs each day by accident, and respected it for the precise intentional tool that it could be, given talent, intelligence, dedication and discipline. Her pictures are concerned with private rather than social realities, with psychological rather than visual coherence, with the prototypical and mythic rather than the topical and... read more  
  
 
  
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Diane Arbus-- born Diane Nemerov in New York City in 1923-- married Allan Arbus at the age of eighteen. She started taking pictures in the early 1940s and studied photography with Berenice Abbott in the late 1940s and with Alexey Brodovitch in the 1950s. It was Lisette Model's photographic workshops, however, that inspired her, around 1957, to begin seriously pursuing the work for which she has come to be known. 
  
 
  
Her first published photographs appeared in Esquire in 1960. During the next decade, working for Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and other major magazines, she published more than a hundred pictures, including portraits and photographic essays, many of which originated as personal projects, occasionally accompanied by her own writing. Diane Arbus: Magazine Work (Aperture, 1984) documents this aspect of her career and its relationship to her best-known imagery. 
  
 
  
In 1963 and 1966 she was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for her project on "American Rites, Manners, and Customs." She traveled across the country, photographing the people, places, and events she described as "the considerable ceremonies of our present." "These are our symptoms and our monuments," she wrote. "I simply want to save them, for what is ceremonious and curious and commonplace will be legendary." 
  
 
  
A selected group of these photographs attracted a great deal of critical and popular attention when they were featured, along with the work of two other photographers, in the Museum of Modern Art's 1967 exhibition "New Documents." The boldness of her subject matter and photographic approach were recognized as revolutionary. 
  
 
  
In the late 1960s, Arbus taught photography at Parsons School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Cooper Union, and continued to make photographs. Notable among her last works is a series of photographs she took at residences for the mentally retarded. Untitled (Aperture, 1995) is a collection of fifty-one of these photographs. "The extraordinary power of Untitled confirms our earliest impression of Arbus's work," wrote Hilton Als in the New Yorker. "It is as iconographic as it gets in any medium. These pictures are purely ecstatic." 
  
 
  
In 1970, Arbus made a portfolio of ten prints, which was intended to be the first in a series of limited editions of her work. She committed suicide in July of 1971. In the years following her death and the Museum of Modern Art's posthumous retrospective-- which was seen by more than a quarter of a million people before it began its three-year tour of the United States and Canada-- exhibitions devoted exclus
 
  
 
  

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Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition 
  
Diane Arbus
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Untitled 
  
Diane Arbus
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Untitled 
  
Diane Arbus; Doon Arbus; & Yolanda Cuomo
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Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition 
  
Diane Arbus; Doon Arbus (Editor); & Marvin Israel (Editor)
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Portraits: Arbus, Model, Stromholm 
  
Diane Arbus (Photographer); Lisette Model (Photographer); & Christer Stromholm
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Diane Arbus: Revelations 
  
Doon Arbus
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Diane Arbus: A Biography 
  
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Diane Arbus: Family Albums 
  
Anthony W. Lee; & John Pultz
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