Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer

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Ecco Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.5 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author

Arthur Lubow has been a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He received a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and a James Beard Award, and is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.


"With vivid details and acute insights, Arthur Lubow, an exceptionally talented writer, has brought to life a unique and enduring artist. Through her camera, Diane Arbus gave us an enlarged view of human nature. This book shows who she was and how she did it."--Gay Talese
"Arbus...took the time to establish a genuine bond with her subjects so that her photographs, while bold and unsparing, were also deeply sympathetic. Arthur Lubow has approached Arbus in much the same spirit, and the result is a perceptive, engaging, and profoundly moving portrait."--John Berendt
"In a fast-moving narrative style that reads like an eyewitness account, Lubow gets inside both the person and the persona. This book both analyzes and contributes to the notoriety and fascination with one of the most complicated figures in the history of photography."--Jeff Wall
"Lubow's portrait is the most sharply focused, encompassing, and incisive to date."--Booklist
"Lubow is entering a crowded arena, for the Arbus industry is hardly a place of repose. Yet the author fights for his spot, and earns it. His research is unflagging and his timing is good."--The New Yorker
"Big, sharply focused, disturbingly intimate...Lubow chronicles Arbus's rise and fall with a novelistic intensity that plumbs the decisive moments of a driven, unsettled soul...A major work."--USA Today
"Arthur Lubow's compelling new biography about the revolutionary photographer Diane Arbus brilliantly demonstrates how the emotionally fragile state of an artist can be channeled into something wondrous. . . . Superbly crafted. . . . Lubow is a talented and sensitive writer."--The Washington Post
"The book reads more like a novel-salacious, mysterious . . . and harrowing."--New York Times Book Review
"Epic, sympathetic, but unsparing."--New York magazine
"A stellar new biography. . . . ruthlessly researched and beautifully written."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"The author produces a thorough, sympathetic portrait of a complicated woman who, from childhood on, stood out as 'totally original.' . . . Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Lubow turned a routine magazine assignment for the New York Times into the defining biography of photographer Diane Arbus . . . Lubow provides not only a comprehensive assessment of her groundbreaking work but, perhaps more significantly, a revealing documentary of Arbus's often-tortured life."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Enormously satisfying. . . This compelling book shows an Arbus that is as mysterious as her best photographs. Like them, she tells us something about ourselves that is vital, but that we may not always want to see."--Nickolas Butler, internationally bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs and The Hearts of Men