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diane arbus: in the beginning

Rosenheim, Jeff L. and Karan Rinaldo
2016
269 pages
160 illustrations
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Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is one of the most distinctive and provocative artists of the twentieth century. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and nudists, are among the most recognizable images of our time. This book is the definitive study of the artist's first seven years of work, from 1956 to 1962. Drawn primarily from the rich holdings of the Metropolitan Museum's Diane Arbus Archive—a remarkable treasury of of photographs, negatives, appointment books, notebooks, and correspondence—it is an essential contribution to our understanding of Arbus and her oeuvre.

diane arbus: in the beginning showcases over 100 of the artist's early photographs, more than half of which are published here for the first time. The book provides a crucial, in-depth presentation of the artist's genesis, showing Arbus as she developed her evocative and often haunting imagery. The photographs featured in this handsome volume reveal an artist defining her style, honing her subject matter, and in full possession of the many gifts which she is now recognized the world over.

Female impersonator holding long gloves, Hempstead, L.I., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1959
The Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1961
Lady on a bus, N.Y.C., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1957
Fire Eater at a carnival, Palisades Park, N.J., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1957
Masked boy with friends, Coney Island, N.Y., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1957
Contortionist Lydia Suarez performing for an audience, Hubert’s Museum, N.Y.C., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1958
Lady in the shower, Coney Island, N.Y., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1959
Miss Makrina, a Russian midget, in her kitchen, N.Y.C., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1959
Seated female impersonator in an open kimono, Hempstead, L.I., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1959
The Man Who Swallows Razor Blades, Hagerstown, Md., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1960
Siamese twins in a carnival tent, N.J., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1960
Stripper with bare breasts sitting in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1961
Headless woman, Palisades Park, N.J., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1961
Screaming woman with blood on her hands, Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1961
A castle in Disneyland, Cal., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1962
Xmas tree in a living room in Levittown, L.I., Diane Arbus  American, Gelatin silver print
1962
Camera Work, Nos. 49–50, Alfred Stieglitz  American, Printed book with photogravure illustrations.
June 1917
[Subway Passengers, New York City], Walker Evans  American, Gelatin silver print
1938
ca. 1940, printed 1960s
[Mother Holding Child, Herald Square, New York City], Leon Levinstein  American, Gelatin silver print
1955
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Rosenheim, Jeff L., and Karan Rinaldo. 2016. Diane Arbus in the Beginning: 1956-1962. London: Yale university press.