diane arbus: in the beginning - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

diane arbus: in the beginning

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'A required acquisition for completists, and a very enjoyable library addition for general photo buffs' - PhotoEye

An in-depth study of Arbus' early work

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 recognisable images of our time.

This book, the exhibition catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum's summer 2016 show 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 photographs, negatives, appointment books, notebooks, and correspondence.

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 for which she is now recognised the world over.

  • Author: Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Photographs Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 256 pages | 130 colour and tritone illustrations
  • Date published:  July 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300220346
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 23.0 
Author interview

Read an interview with the authors of diane arbus: in the beginning about Arbus's work and what went into making the catalogue.

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