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From the Publisher"...Dramatic portraits by Amy Arbus..her images achieve an unexpected blend of spectacle and high art, formality and spontaneity, vulnerability and pretense."
-Photo Review Magazine
"As a veteran photographer of 27 years and daughter of Diane Arbus, Amy Arbus has just about seen it all, but she hasn't lost her sense of awe for the magic of the theater. Her new book, The Fourth Wall, catches actors in character in 80 tritone images, many of which debuted in this magazine. The partner exhibit is a must for photo buffs and theater rats alike."
--New York Magazine
"The Fourth Wall is the photographer Amy Arbus's fourth book of pictures, and it is her masterpiece. Taken over the course of three years, the images are of actors acting, but they are not onstage. Arbus has posed her subjects backstage, or outside, near the theaters where they are set to perform. The title refers to the curtain of disbelief one must draw in an effort to pretend that the action onstage is somehow natural, and Arbus's images are about adults who believe in the transformative effect of fairy tales--and greasepaint. In these square-format black-and-white photographs, Arbus captures a moment of being someone else. In one expectionally powerful portrait, we see the great artist, Judy Garland, in "The Boy from Oz" (2004). Tiny and forlorn but still forceful, standing in the alley leading to the stage door, Keating is raising her right hand in a kind of Judy-like offering of the soul. But you can tell that Keating would never give herself up, not entirely, to a photographer, unless she could be someone other than herself. You get the picture.
--The New Yorker
"Amy Arbus (Diane's daughter) put some of theater's big names in costume and took them--literally--Off-Broadway."