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Diane Arbus

Portrait of a Photographer
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Diane Arbus brings to life the full story of one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, a visionary who revolutionized photography and altered the course of contemporary art with her striking, now iconic images. Arbus comes startlingly to life here, a strong-minded child of unnerving originality who grew into a formidable artist. Arresting, unsettling, and poignant, her photographs stick in our minds. Why did these people fascinate her? And what was it about her that captivated them?

It is impossible to understand the transfixing power of Arbus's photographs without understanding her life story. Arthur Lubow draws on exclusive interviews with Arbus's friends, lovers, and colleagues to explore her unique perspective. He deftly traces Arbus's development from a wealthy, sexually precocious free spirit into first a successful New York fashion photographer, and then a singular artist who coaxed hidden truths from her subjects. Lubow reveals that Arbus's profound need not only to see her subjects, but to be seen by them, drove her to forge unusually close bonds with these people, helping her discover the fantasies, pain, and heroism within each of them.

©2016 Arthur Lubow (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision." ( Kirkus)

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Enlightening, Disturbing

I walk away feeling quite sorry for Diane. I'm left wondering if she would have ended things so soon had she been born later in the century. The age of DSLR may have inspired her to keep going. . .

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Extraordinary!

I loved this book! It is a beautifully written (and narrated) biography of an important artist.

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Sad soap opera little substance

This book is awful as it focuses mostly on the mental health problems of relatives and friends of Arbus. We learn very little about her thinking about her work or her techniques. This is painful to listen to and very disappointing. I was interested in learning about her experience as an artist but this book is a soap opera filled with pathetic and repulsive characters.

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Not Enough About Her Photography

I thought I was getting a story about the photo career. However, the book contained WAY too much info about her personal life. Mostly boring. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."

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