Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer

14 CDs. 18 hrs. Tantor Audio. Sept. 2016. ISBN 9781515911517. $35.99. digital download. PHOTOG
Many of us tend to think we already know about 20th-century figures, especially those with which our lives actually overlapped. It takes a skilled author and researcher to bring forth new insights. Diane Arbus and her images were both so simple and yet, as journalist Lubow reveals in his first book, incredibly complex. Listeners follow Arbus (1923–71) from an unusual childhood to a suffocating marriage and then finding her true path as a photographer. Narrator Coleen Marlo has a warm and friendly voice, and her pacing is just right for a work that is packed with information.
VERDICT Recommended for public libraries, particularly those with strong readership in modern arts. ["Although the book contains no images (the estate denied access), it does provide the backstory to many of her celebrated photographs, giving readers a special glimpse into how Arbus's photography has become the stuff of legend"; LJ 6/15/16 review of the Ecco: HarperCollins hc.]
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