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Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph [RARE VARIANT]

Arbus, Diane; Doon Arbus & Marvin Israel, Editors

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ISBN 10: 0912334401 / ISBN 13: 9780912334400
Published by Aperture & The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1972
Condition: vg Hardcover

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Quarto. 15pp., 160 plates. Photo-illustrated paper-covered boards with black lettering on spine in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Square spine (not rounded spine as normally found on the first printing and the replacement second printing). Illustrated with full-page duotones of photographs by Arbus, as well as one photo of herself. Rare variant of the second print run, containing an image that was later withdrawn due to model-release issues: Two girls in identical raincoats, Central Park, N.Y.C. 1969. The entire second press run was to be destroyed by the publishers prior to distribution for this reason. 15 pages of text, edited from tape recordings of a series of classes Arbus gave in 1971 as well as from some interviews and some of her writings. Published in conjunction with the 1972 retrospective staged by MoMA curator John Szarkowski, which attracted more than 7 million viewers. Her 1967 photograph Identical Twins, which illustrates the front cover as well as the dj of this work, is tenth on the list of most expensive photographs. This photo was removed from later printings. Dust jacket lightly foxed inside of jacket and small closed tear inside back upper left, at flap crease. Small bookseller sticker on free front endpaper. Slight discoloration to top edge of cover. Overall fine condition. Diane Arbus (1923-1971), was noted for her portraits of people on the fringes of society such as prostitutes, transvestites, dwarfs, giants, as well as ordinary working class citizens in unconventional poses and settings. Arbus became the first American photographer to be exhibited at the Venice Biennale. "For me the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated. I do have a feeling for the print but I don't have a holy feeling for it. I really think what it is, is what it's about. I mean it has to be of something. And what it's of is always more remarkable than what it is." (Diane Arbus). Bookseller Inventory # 26857

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Title: Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph [RARE ...

Publisher: Aperture & The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition, Second printing.

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New technology has made possible this lustrous new printing from all new film. These landmark images now have a clarity and depth not achievable in earlier editions.


Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph was originally published in 1972, one year after the artist's death, in conjunction with a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art. Edited and designed by Arbus's daughter, Doon, and her friend and colleague, painter Marvin Israel, the monograph contains eighty of her most masterful photos. The images in this newly published edition, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collection's original publication, were printed from new three-hundred-line-screen duotone film, allowing for startlingly clear reproduction. The impact of the collection is heightened by the introduction, which contains excerpts of audio tapes in which Arbus discusses her experiences as a photographer and her feelings about the often bizarre nature of her subjects. Diane Arbus's work has indelibly impacted modern visual sensibilities, evidenced by the intensely personal moments captured in this powerful group of photographs.

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