Diane Arbus: A Chronology 1923-1971 By Elisabeth Sussman and Doon Arbus
8vo. pp. 177. biographies. index. wrs. [New York]: Aperture, .
ISBN-10: 1597111791 / ISBN-13: 9781597111799
Diane Arbus: A Chronology reads almost like a diary. Drawn primarily from Arbus's extensive correspondence with friends, family, and colleagues, as well as her personal notebooks and other unpublished writings, this small volume reveals, in her own words, the thoughts, motivations, and strategies of a photographer whose courage and radically direct vision forever altered the terms of contemporary artistic practice.
Arbus's originality and eloquence as a writer may rival her gifts as a photographer. In a narrative organized around the essential facts of her life - beginning with her birth in New York City in 1923 and ending with her death there in 1971 - her insights about herself her work, and the people she encounters offer the reader, for the first time, an intimate view off the woman and the world of her photographs.
In keeping with the nature of a definitive biographical text, the book is supplemented by extensive footnotes as well as fifty-five profiles of people who had an impact on Arbus's life and work, including Marvin Israel, Lisette Model, and Richard Avedon, as well as Weegee and August Sander.