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Arbus, Diane (1923 - 1971)

Born in a wealthy family, Diane Arbus decides, from a young age, to escape it the best she could. She thus marries a photographer, Allan Arbus, at 18 years old and both found a studio, managing to make a living when working for such magazines as Vogue or Glamour. Yet it is only at 38, after having been left by her husband that she dedicates herself  to her personal work. In 1967, thirty of her photographs are presented at the New York MoMA alongside Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand in a now legendary exhibition, New Documents, that changes the face of documentary photography. It was Lisette Model with whom she had studied who had encouraged the American photographer to depict the unusual, the taboo and the bizarre. She thus plunges into New York’s underworld and becomes the celebrated ‘photographer of freaks’, an anthropologist of a non-conformist America: black and white portraits of middle-class families and couples, travesties, dwarves, homosexuals or a pair of singular twins that will later inspire Stanley Kubrick for Shining. Diane Arbus admitted that she was capable of everything to take a good picture, she thus often slept with her sitters - ‘I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do, that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse’ - and put to the test her mental health: she would suicide herself in 1971. Exploring New York and its uncommon subjects, the photographer had turned herself into Diana, the Huntress.

Tags / Diane Arbus - American Photographer - Portrait - Bizarre - 1960s - Taboo
Diane Arbus, Girl and Boy in Wash Sq Park NYC, 1965
Diane Arbus, Girl and Boy in Wash Sq Park NYC, 1965
Diane Arbus, Blond Girl with Shiny Lipstick, 1967
Diane Arbus, Blond Girl with Shiny Lipstick, 1967
Diane Arbus, Loser at a Diaper Derby, 1967
Diane Arbus, Loser at a Diaper Derby, 1967
Diane Arbus, Woman with eyeliner, N.Y.C., 1964
Diane Arbus, Woman with eyeliner, N.Y.C., 1964
Diane Arbus, Girl in her Circus Costume, Maryland, 1970
Diane Arbus, Girl in her Circus Costume, Maryland, 1970
Diane Arbus, Woman with White Gloves and a Fancy Hat, New York City, 1963
Diane Arbus, Woman with White Gloves and a Fancy Hat, New York City, 1963
Diane Arbus, A Young Man and his Pregnant Wife in Washington Square Park, New York City, 1971
Diane Arbus, A Young Man and his Pregnant Wife in Washington Square Park, New York City, 1971
Diane Arbus, Jack Dracula, The Marked Man, New York City, 1961
Diane Arbus, Jack Dracula, The Marked Man, New York City, 1961
Diane Arbus, Four People at a Gallery Opening, New York City, 1968
Diane Arbus, Four People at a Gallery Opening, New York City, 1968
Diane Arbus, Charles Atlas who was crowed
Diane Arbus, Charles Atlas who was crowed "World's Most Perfectly Developed Man" in 1922 by Physical Culture Magazine at his Palm Beach home, 1969
Diane Arbus, Transvestite with Torn Stocking, New York City, 1966
Diane Arbus, Transvestite with Torn Stocking, New York City, 1966
Diane Arbus, A Family on Their Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, New York, 1968
Diane Arbus, A Family on Their Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, New York, 1968
Diane Arbus, Two Men at a Drag Ball, New York City, 1970
Diane Arbus, Two Men at a Drag Ball, New York City, 1970
Diane Arbus, Southbay Singles: Couple on a Chaise Lounge, 1970
Diane Arbus, Southbay Singles: Couple on a Chaise Lounge, 1970
Diane Arbus, Muscle Man Contestant, NYC, 1961
Diane Arbus, Muscle Man Contestant, NYC, 1961
Diane Arbus, Masked Woman in a Wheelchair, Pennsylvania, 1970
Diane Arbus, Masked Woman in a Wheelchair, Pennsylvania, 1970
Diane Arbus, A Man Dancing with a Large Woman, 1967
Diane Arbus, A Man Dancing with a Large Woman, 1967
Diane Arbus, Untitled #8, 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Untitled #8, 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Woman with Monkey, New Jersey, 1971
Diane Arbus, Woman with Monkey, New Jersey, 1971
Diane Arbus, A Young Man and his Girlfriend with Hot Dogs in the Park, New York City, 1971
Diane Arbus, A Young Man and his Girlfriend with Hot Dogs in the Park, New York City, 1971
Diane Arbus, A young waitress at a nudist camp, N.J., 1963
Diane Arbus, A young waitress at a nudist camp, N.J., 1963
Diane Arbus, Madame Alix Gres, February, 1964
Diane Arbus, Madame Alix Gres, February, 1964
Diane Arbus, Brenda Diana Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of the Year, At Home, 1966
Diane Arbus, Brenda Diana Duff Frazier, 1938 Debutante of the Year, At Home, 1966
Diane Arbus, A Couple Kissing on Stage, New York, 1963
Diane Arbus, A Couple Kissing on Stage, New York, 1963
Diane Arbus, A Family One Evening in a Nudist Camp, 1965
Diane Arbus, A Family One Evening in a Nudist Camp, 1965
Diane Arbus, A Flower Girl at a Wedding, 1964
Diane Arbus, A Flower Girl at a Wedding, 1964
Diane Arbus, A Young Man With Curlers on West 20th Street, New York, 1966
Diane Arbus, A Young Man With Curlers on West 20th Street, New York, 1966
Diane Arbus, A Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, New York, 1970
Diane Arbus, A Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in the Bronx, New York, 1970
Diane Arbus, Child in a Night Gown, Shelter Island, New York, 1957
Diane Arbus, Child in a Night Gown, Shelter Island, New York, 1957
Diane Arbus, Albino Sword Swallower at a Carnival, 1970
Diane Arbus, Albino Sword Swallower at a Carnival, 1970
Diane Arbus, Couple on a Pier, New York, 1963
Diane Arbus, Couple on a Pier, New York, 1963
Diane Arbus, Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York, 1962
Diane Arbus, Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York, 1962
Diane Arbus, Headless Woman, New York, 1961
Diane Arbus, Headless Woman, New York, 1961
Diane Arbus, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Detroit, Michigan, 1970
Diane Arbus, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Detroit, Michigan, 1970
Diane Arbus, Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967
Diane Arbus, Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967
Diane Arbus, James Brown is Out of Sight, 1966
Diane Arbus, James Brown is Out of Sight, 1966
Diane Arbus, Jorge Luis Borges in Central Park, New York, 1969
Diane Arbus, Jorge Luis Borges in Central Park, New York, 1969
Diane Arbus, Lady Bartender at Home with a Souvenir Dog, New Orleans, 1964
Diane Arbus, Lady Bartender at Home with a Souvenir Dog, New Orleans, 1964
Diane Arbus, Mae West in a Chair at Home, Santa Monica, California, 1965
Diane Arbus, Mae West in a Chair at Home, Santa Monica, California, 1965
Diane Arbus, Mexican Dwarf in his Hotel Room, New York, 1970
Diane Arbus, Mexican Dwarf in his Hotel Room, New York, 1970
Diane Arbus, Mia Villiers-Farrow on a Bed, 1964
Diane Arbus, Mia Villiers-Farrow on a Bed, 1964
Diane Arbus, Nudist Lady with Swan Sunglasses, 1965
Diane Arbus, Nudist Lady with Swan Sunglasses, 1965
Diane Arbus, Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn, 1963
Diane Arbus, Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn, 1963
Diane Arbus, Puerto Rican Woman with a Beauty Mark, New York, 1965
Diane Arbus, Puerto Rican Woman with a Beauty Mark, New York, 1965
Diane Arbus, Tattooed Man at a Carnival, 1970
Diane Arbus, Tattooed Man at a Carnival, 1970
Diane Arbus, Triplets in their Bedroom, New Jersey, 1963
Diane Arbus, Triplets in their Bedroom, New Jersey, 1963
Diane Arbus, Untitled, c. 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Untitled, c. 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Untitled, c. 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Untitled, c. 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Self-portrait, 1945
Diane Arbus, Self-portrait, 1945
Diane Arbus, Untitled, 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Untitled, 1970-1971
Diane Arbus, Young Couple on a Bench, New York, 1965
Diane Arbus, Young Couple on a Bench, New York, 1965
Diane Arbus, Christmas Tree in a Living Room, Levittown, 1963
Diane Arbus, Christmas Tree in a Living Room, Levittown, 1963
Diane Arbus, Woman at a counter smoking, NYC, 1962
Diane Arbus, Woman at a counter smoking, NYC, 1962
Diane Arbus, Teenage couple, Hudson Street, NYC, 1963
Diane Arbus, Teenage couple, Hudson Street, NYC, 1963
Diane Arbus, Veteran with flag, NYC, 1971
Diane Arbus, Veteran with flag, NYC, 1971
Diane Arbus, Kid in black-face with friend, NYC, 1957
Diane Arbus, Kid in black-face with friend, NYC, 1957
Diane Arbus, Two ladies at the automat, NYC, 1966
Diane Arbus, Two ladies at the automat, NYC, 1966
Diane Arbus, Two girls on the beach, Coney Island, 1958
Diane Arbus, Two girls on the beach, Coney Island, 1958
Diane Arbus, Elderly couple on a park bench, NYC, 1969
Diane Arbus, Elderly couple on a park bench, NYC, 1969
Diane Arbus, Boy at a poll hall, NYC, 1959
Diane Arbus, Boy at a poll hall, NYC, 1959
Diane Arbus, Old couple on a bench at night, Santa Monica, 1962
Diane Arbus, Old couple on a bench at night, Santa Monica, 1962
Diane Arbus, Two friends in the park, NYC, 1965
Diane Arbus, Two friends in the park, NYC, 1965
Diane Arbus, The House of Horrors, Coney Island, 1961
Diane Arbus, The House of Horrors, Coney Island, 1961
Diane Arbus, Nancy Bellamy's bedroom, NYC, 1961
Diane Arbus, Nancy Bellamy's bedroom, NYC, 1961
Diane Arbus, Girl and Governess with baby carriage, NYC, 1962
Diane Arbus, Girl and Governess with baby carriage, NYC, 1962
Diane Arbus, Girl in a Shiny Dress, NYC, 1967
Diane Arbus, Girl in a Shiny Dress, NYC, 1967
Diane Arbus, Three Circus Ballerinas, 1964
Diane Arbus, Three Circus Ballerinas, 1964
Diane Arbus, Castle in Disneyland, ca. 1962
Diane Arbus, Castle in Disneyland, ca. 1962
Diane Arbus, Self-Portrait, Pregnant, N.Y.C., 1945
Diane Arbus, Self-Portrait, Pregnant, N.Y.C., 1945
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