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Conversations from the Cullman Center: Diane Arbus: Arthur Lubow and Wendy Lesser


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Arthur Lubow and Wendy Lesser discuss Lubow's new biography, Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer, which draws on exclusive interviews with Arbus’s friends, lovers, and colleagues, as well as on previously unknown letters, and on Lubow’s profound critical understanding of photography, as it explores Arbus’s extraordinary perspective and body of work.

Arthur Lubow has written about culture and artists for national magazines for over thirty-five years. He has been a regular contributor to publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Smithsonian. He is the author of The Reporter Who Would Be King, a life of the turn-of-the-century American war correspondent Richard Harding Davis. He worked on Diane Arbus while in residence at the Cullman Center in 2013-2014.

The founding editor of The Threepenny ReviewWendy Lesser is the author of ten books, including Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and his Fifteen Quartets; Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books; and the novel The Pagoda in the Garden. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was a fellow at the Cullman Center in 2005-2006.

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