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"Untitled" may well be Arbus's most transcendent, most romantic vision. It is a celebration of the singularity and connectedness of each and every one of us. It demands of us what it demanded of her: the courage to see things as they are and the grace to permit them to simply be. For Diane Arbus, this is what making pictures was all about.These photographs achieve a lyrici ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Aperture
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Jude
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone willing to look
Recommended to Jude by: a therapist's waiting room
Shelves: art
the first of her books i acquired and still the most moving.
something changed in her eye.
something was added to the clear-eyed openness of her most famous images. i think it is joy or peace -but words will always fail. that's the essence of photography and why - a word person to the core - i am so grateful for the place she takes me. the afterword by her daughter is wonderful in every way.
Ray Dunsmore
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Diane Arbus had a uniquely unflinching vision. This is the group of subjects most uniquely well-suited for it - the severely mentally disabled.

The photographs at first seem almost exploitative - like dioramas for one of the freak shows Arbus loved so much. But you look closer and you realize - there's a basic innocence to every single one of her subjects. It's a basic, yet fundamental thing which is felt throughout this work - they hold hands, pose like nervous children, smile as wide as possibl
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Jennifer
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I had read about Diane Arbus and wanted to see some of her photography, so I checked this book out of the library. This book was not published during her lifetime but from pictures from her estate. It contains pictures of the mentally disabled in the homes provided for them in 1969-1971. The pictures are stark, and for me, they were disturbing. This may be because I personally had an older mentally retarded sister in one of these homes, and it broke my mother's heart to put her there. I remember ...more
K.m.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The design for this book is very quiet which suits the collection well. Large reproductions of the photographs, no introduction to the collection, a very brief front cover blurb and no titles or dates to distract from the flow.

These images come out of Diane's work photographing residents at a care facility for the developmentally disabled between 1969-1971 and have a quietness that is different from much of her other work. These are less posed, have less of Arbus' hand in them, instead showing
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Sean
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Unflinching, disturbing.

This book is the only one in which Arbus focuses on a single subject.

Shot over several years, the images of patients in several homes for the mentally retarded are compelling. However, I found the reality to be a little bit too "unflinching". Although Arbus photographs her subjects with compassion I still felt a twinge of exploitation.
I found the book hard to get through.

According to the notes, Arbus was thrilled with the body of work, however it remained unpublished for
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Matthew
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've never truly admire or read a photography book except those in regards to famous celebrities. This collection of photographs were capture in 1969-1971 and deals with Mentally Handicap individuals ranging from kids to the elderly.

I found it really sad not because of them neon handicap, but because they were ashamed of who they are disguising themselves in mask or costume to escape the reality that surrounds them.

Even thought I wasn't captivated as I wished to have been, I am glad that I exper
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David Ward
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Diane Arbus: Untitled by Diane Arbus (Aperture 2005) (770.92). “Arbus' remarkable romanticism” shows itself in all of the portraits included in this volume. Between 1969 and 1971, Arbus spent much of her time photographing the mentally ill. The resulting photos are acclaimed as some of her best work. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 2007.
Autumn
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-for-me
Plain and simple, it's just not my cup of tea.
Milkman3367
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
"A photograph has to be of something and what it's of is always more remarkable than the photograph. And more complicated." -- Diane Arbus
Carrie Killough
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So inspiring! Photographically and writerly. I had no idea Ms. Arbus was a writer as well. Was thrilled when my Mom gave me this book.
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Diane Arbus was an American photographer, noted for her portraits of people on the fringes of society, such as transvestites, dwarfs, giants, prostitutes, and ordinary citizens in unconventional poses and settings.

Arbus' early work was created using 35mm cameras, but by the 1960s Arbus adopted the Rolleiflex medium format twin-lens reflex. This format provided a square aspect ratio, higher image r
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