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Odd Schultz's An Emergency in Slow Motion reveals the creative and personal struggles of Diane Arbus Schultz veers from traditional biography to interpret Arbus's life through the prism of four central mysteries her outcast affinity her sexuality the secrets she kept and shared and her suicide He seeks not to diagnose Arbus but to discern some of the private motives behind her public works and acts In this approach Schultz not only goes deeper into Arbus's li William Todd Schultz’s psycho biography “An Emergency in Slow Motion The Inner Life of Diane Arbus” is a psychological interpretation of Diane Arbus’ interior life and how it influenced her photographic work Conversely Schultz also looked at how Arbus’ work – her subject matter may have affected her psyche Most of the author’s resources came from previously published books and articles He added a few personal interviews one with Ms Arbus’ psychologist Helen Boigon and the other with one of her potential photographic subjects the Kronhausens’ Having a background in photography and a personal interest in it I own and read the same material Schultz used to conduct his study Mainly Patricia Bosworth’s 1984 biography of Diane Arbus and two of her photography books issued by Doon Arbus and her Estate through Aperture These contain personal interviews with Arbus taped recordings from her classes as well as her previously written texts Arbus was an excellent and prolific writer as well as photographer She often wrote the text that accompanied her magazine articles At the time Ms Arbus took her life in 1971 she was considered a legend who influenced her students as well as professional photographers Today some 40 years later she still inspires many emerging and established artistsAs with anyone who has attained this stature especially those who may not have appreciated her likeness of them rumors and misrepresentations often abound As it relates to Diane Arbus the anecdote the public is most aware of and is in fact accurate is Ms Arbus’ fight with depression Beyond that is speculation and rumor Our culture is all too eager to ride the salacious tide when a “weakness” is perceived Especially if we dislike the person in uestion or when there is money to be made This is why I uestion the author’s new sources the Kronhausens’ and Dr Helen Boigon The Kronhausens’ do not appear to like Ms Arbus If what they related to Schultz was true it was better left unsaid because it was personal and does not add to our understanding of Diane as a photographer What it does tell us has to say about the people she was with and our experimental culture at that time the 1960’s As it stands it sounds like an embellished story developed by the Kronhausens’ possibly because she did not photograph them and make them a part of her vast insightful portfolio Helen Boigon’s interviews with the author make one uestion her abilities as a psychologist Granted psychology has come a long way since the 1960’s and its findings do not maintain the same credibility as it did then However Ms Boigon’s analysis of Ms Arbus felt sophomoric outdated and overstated; despite the fact Schultz interviewed her in 2007 She also admitted during her interview that she did not dislike Ms Arbus but did not like her and reluctantly took a photograph that she disliked from Arbus as a gift Identical twins Roselle NJ Twins Ironically she did have an understanding of its value since she sold it to put her daughter through medical school By virtue of Boigon’s analysis Diane Arbus lived her adult life psychologically incompetent Schultz agrees with parts of Ms Boigon’s theory but not all of it However whether or not they are of the same mind as it relates to specifics they both assessed Arbus in a manner that leaves one wondering if they are speaking about the same photographer During her lifetime Ms Arbus produced thousand of photographs was in numerous exhibits had her work and writing in the best magazines –Art Forum Life etc and taught at Universities and ran photography workshops If she was as incompetent as Schultz and Boigon make her out to be she would not have been able to perform at the level she did What is most disturbing about this book is the breech of doctor patient confidentiality by Dr Boigon per the author’s reuest a practicing psychologist My main problem with the entire book is Schultz’s analysis was over stated and repetitious He repeated himself throughout the entire book and at points where it was not necessary Likewise he over analyzed to the point of being ridiculous His studies did not warrant an entire book Did Diane Arbus suffer from depression and all its side effects – without a doubt Did it render her incompetent no There is one point where I am in agreement with the author By virtue of Ms Arbus’ notes and conversations with friends Schultz does not believe Ms Arbus wanted to bring an end to her photographic work He is uncertain as to whether she truly wanted to take her life or at the time just stop the pain within her Diane Arbus loved photography and was actively working on projects when she took her life A month before her suicide she photographed Nixon’s daughters’ wedding and also taught a week’s photography workshop She was having a rough summer emotionally Her two daughters were grown and away her lover away with his wife and her ex husband was in California She hated and feared her depression Alone and depressed it just became too much for her For these reasons I concur with Schultz’s assessment We lost a great photographer well before her time Had someone been there would she have lived until her natural death? We’ll never know One thing we do know for sure is that she was an outstanding photographer and writer who was not incompetent How and what she suffered from should not be over dramatized and analyzed but used to help prevent further suicides This book does not shed light on anything new about Ms Arbus’ psychological state as it relates to her work However it has an indirect message about suicide That is certain circumstances prevail when people are most likely to commit suicide Make yourself aware of them and seek help Diane Arbus was a remarkable photographer who contributed much to the world of photography She exposed us to a world previously unseen and ignored by our culture; freaks so to speak and other socially unacceptable members of society Thanks to Ms Arbus there are not as many social secrets or at least the pretense of them It is okay to photograph people as they are and not as we wish them to be It does not make us a freak to do so only human Her work speaks for itself All else is just useless speculation that provides little than gossipReview by Beth Lyons

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An Emergency in Slow MotionFe than any previous writer but provides a template with which to think about the creative life in generalSchultz's careful analysis is informed in part by the recent release of some of Arbus's writing and work by her estate as well as by interviews with Arbus's psychotherapist An Emergency in Slow Motion combines new revelations and breathtaking insights into a must read psychobiography about a monumental artist the first new look at Arbus in twenty five yea I listened to this book in one sitting literally I was sitting in my car driving from Anchorage to Haines Junction and it was an intense experience I knew little about Diane Arbus before listening to Mr Schultz's account and that deficit has definitely been remedied I also understand much about art photography suicide psychology Sylvia Plath Kurt Cobainthis book covers a lot of territory all of it interesting I believe there is to know about Ms Arbus but I appreciate Mr Schultz's approachAddendum I do think that Mr Schultz left some areas curiously unexplored Ms Arbus was a woman living in a time that would have frowned on with her sexuality to put it mildly and that issue was never adeuately addressed Mr Schultz does touch on her compulsion to have sexual experiences with strangers but doesn't discuss the issue with any depth Also her bisexuality is mentioned if indeed she was bisexual although her propositioning women and having sex with couples and at orgies does at least raise the uestion along with her engaging in non mainstream sexual practices possibly SM and erotic asphyxiation However none of these issues are fully addressed This behavior in the 1960s and early 1970s by a woman and a mother with two daughters deserves some context and explorationAlso Ms Arbus was aging How did her aging affect how she saw herself especially given her sex life? Mr Schultz does not address this issue at all and I believe that some discussion is warranted I know as a woman who is approaching the age Ms Arbus was when she committed suicide aging is an issue Mr Schulz does talk a bit about Ms Arbus perhaps having peri menapausal symptoms and that her daughters had grown and were away from her But the issue of how Ms Arbus saw herself as she aged is not discussed

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Read An Emergency in Slow Motion doc Û Hardcover ☆ danpashley Ò ❰BOOKS❯ ✮ An Emergency in Slow Motion Author William Todd Schultz – Danpashley.co.uk Diane Arbus was one of the most brilliant and revered photographers in the history of American art Her portraits in stark black andDiane Arbus was one of the most brilliant and revered photographers in the history of American art Her portraits in stark black and white seemed to reveal the psychological truths of their subjects But after she committed suicide in 1971 at the age of forty eight the presumed chaos and darkness of her own inner life became for many viewers inextricable from her workIn the spirit of Janet Malcolm's classic examination of Sylvia Plath The Silent Woman William T The psychology of Diane Arbus interesting but a little too academic for me I wish it had been biography and less analysisEdited to add that there is not a single picture inside this book Apparently her estate is not very share friendly While the author does describe the pictures he's referring to pretty well it just does not compare to getting to see the actual picture