Diane Arbus “Psychobiography”

My daughter sent me a tweet alerting me to this blog post about An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus, by psychologist William Todd Schultz.

Arbus’ photos have always fascinated and repelled me at the same time. This looks like a good art read that raises some interesting questions:

  • is an artist’s psyche open to investigation and interpretation by art critics?
  • is it fair to delve into the patient/therapist privileged relationship?
  • what of privacy isssues?
  • is this celebrity hounding or legitimate scholarly inquiry?

I plan to read it and try to answer these for myself!


One thought on “Diane Arbus “Psychobiography”

  1. Sarah F. Brookover

    That sounds really interesting. How much privacy are people allowed to insist on when they choose to express themselves publicly?


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