Diane Arbus Documents
Known for her evocative portraits, Diane Arbus is a pivotal figure in American postwar photography. Undeniably striking, Arbuss black-and-white photographs capture a unique gaze. Criticized as well as lauded for her photographs of people deemed outsiders, Arbus continues to attract a diversity of opinions surrounding her subjects and practice. Critics and writers have described her work as sinister and appalling as well as revelatory, sincere, and compassionate. In the absence of Arbuss own voice, art criticism and cultural shifts have shaped the language attributed to her work.
Organized in eleven sections that focus on major exhibitions and significant events in Arbuss life, as well as on her practice and her subjects, the seventy facsimiles of articles and essaysan archive by all accountstrace the discourse on Diane Arbus, contextualizing her hugely successful oeuvre. Also with an annotated bibliography of more than six hundred entries and a comprehensive exhibition history, Documents serves as an important resource for photographers, researchers, art historians, and art critics, in addition to students of art criticism and the interested reader alike.