BOOK, "Diane Arbus. An Aperture Monograph", Diane Arbus, special edition The Museum of Modern Art 1972.
Soft cover. Plastic dust jacket. Published in 1972. First edition, second printing. Includes the plate "Two girls in identical raincoats, Central Park, N.Y.C. 1969" that was excluded in the later editions due to model-release issues. 28 x 23.5 cm.
Cover with creases, time stains, soft corners and surface dirt.
Pages with time stains and some discolouration to the extreme edges.
First page with almost erased notations in pencil.
Not thoroughly examined.
When Diane Arbus died in 1971 at the age of 48, she was already a significant influence—even a legend—among serious photographers, although only a small number of her pictures were widely known. The publication of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph in 1972, and the posthumous retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, offered the public its first encounter with Arbus’s achievements. The response was unprecedented.
The monograph of eighty photographs was edited and designed by the painter Marvin Israel, Diane Arbus’s friend and colleague, and by her daughter Doon Arbus. Their goal was to remain faithful to the standards by which Arbus judged her own work, and to how she hoped it would be seen. Universally acknowledged as a timeless masterpiece, and translated into five languages, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph remains the foundation of her international reputation.
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 Rare variant of the second print run, containing an image that was later withdrawn due to model-release issues: Two girls in identical raincoats, Central Park, N.Y.C. 1969.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.
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