An Aperture Monograph: Fortieth-Anniversary Edition
Publication Date: September 2012
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When Diane Arbus died in 1971 at the age of 48, she was already a significant influence--even something of a legend--for serious photographers, although only a relatively small number of her most important pictures were widely known at the time. The publication of "Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph" in 1972--along with the posthumous retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art--offered the general public its first encounter with the breadth and power of her achievements. The response was unprecedented. The monograph, composed of 80 photographs, was edited and designed by the painter Marvin Israel, Diane Arbus' friend and colleague, and by her daughter Doon Arbus. Their goal in producing the book was to remain as faithful as possible to the standards by which Arbus judged her own work and to the ways in which she hoped it would be seen. Universally acknowledged as a photobook classic, "Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph" is a timeless masterpiece with editions in five languages, and remains the foundation of her international reputation. A quarter of a century has done nothing to diminish the riveting impact of these pictures or the controversy they inspire. Arbus' photographs penetrate the psyche with all the force of a personal encounter and, in doing so, transform the way we see the world and the people in it.
About the AuthorDuring a relatively brief career, Diane Arbus created a distinctly personal style of portraiture that made her one of the great 20th-century photographers. Born in New York in 1923, by the 1950s she was supporting herself by working for magazines such as "Vogue" and "Glamour". Two Guggenheim awards (1963 and 1966) allowed her to travel and undertake her own projects. The artist died in 1971. Retrospectives of her work have been shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
RICHARD AVEDON (b. 1923) was the editor, with his classmate James Baldwin, of "The Magpie, the literary magazine at De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx. In 1942 he joined the photography department of the U.S. merchant marine. He was a staff photographer at I>Harper's Bazaar (1951-1965) and "Vogue (1966-1988), and he collaborated with James Baldwin on "Nothing Personal (1964), a book about the civil rights movement. In 1992 he became the first staff photographer at "The New Yorker.
DOON ARBUS (b. 1945) is the author of "Alice in Wonderland: The Forming of a Company, the Making of a Play, and has written for a number of magazines, including "Rolling Stone and "The Nation. Her thirty-year collaboration with Richard Avedon began with the project that has become this book. She is completing her "Unfinished Novel.
Israel was a designer & artist, mentor to other photographers, now deceased.