Diane Arbus. An Aperture Monograph. Designed and edited by Doon Arbus and Marvin Israel. Aperture, New York, 1972. Quatro. First printing. Hardbound with photo-illustrated boards and photo-illustrated dust jacket. Library protectors. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
Rare hardbound first printing with "Two girls in identical raincoats" image that was stuck from all but a few copies of (the numerous) subsequent printings. "...published in 1972, a year after Arbus's suicide and in conjunction with a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art. The museum's photo curator, John Szarkowski, was an early Arbus supporter... but Arbus's place in the public consciousness was sealed largely by Aperture's book, one of the rare books that has been continually in print. Marvin Israel's spare, almost recessive book lay-out, with pictures on the right-hand page and discreet captions on the left, hasn't lost its punch any more than Arbus's images have lost their power to provoke and disturb... Arbus replaced photography's old model of smarmy humanism with a vision that was once pitiless and engaged, tough and surprisingly tender".--Vince Aletti in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books.
Some wear to boards with very light bumping to corners and lower board edges; small closed tear measuring 1" to front panel of price-clipped dust jacket; overall a solidly Fine/Fine copy.