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Diane Arbus

Photographer, writer

1923 - 1971 New York City
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Diane Arbus one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. She was best known for her intimate black-and-white portraits. 

 A friend said that Arbus said that she was "afraid . . . that she would be known simply as 'the photographer of freaks'"; however, that phrase has been used repeatedly to describe her. - LensCulture

She was known for going to great lengths to get the shots she wanted. She became friends with many other famous photographers, including Richard Avedon and Walker Evans. - biography.com

Diane Arbus was an Americanphotographer and writer noted for photographs of marginalized people —dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers—and others whose normality was perceived by the general populace as ugly or surreal.

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Incest, suicide – and the real reason we should remember Diane Arbus
With her "multivalent" sex life and curious choice of subject, the American photographer was certainly odd – but not half as strange as the picture we've built of her since her death
Diane Arbus "Happiness Perplexed Her"
Phones in hand, ours is a society continually documenting itself: from the foolish ex-Playmate snapping her fellow gymgoers to teens endlessly snapping selfies, we are privy to an endless flood of images. Whether we wish to see these photographs is another story.
Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow
As children, we’re told it’s rude to stare. Diane Arbus didn’t give a stuff; she stared at what she called “freaks”. Her searing portraits of transvestites, performing dwarfs, brittle socialites, swingers, nudists and troubled children made her arguably the most influential photographer of her generation.
Diane Arbus by Arthur Lubow review — a life behind the lens
Arthur Lubow came to Diane Arbus through writing a New York Times Magazine piece about her in 2003, just as a new retrospective of the photographer’s work, titled “Revelations”, was about to open at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In the years following her suicide in 1971, access to Arbus’s archives had been severely restricted by her elder daughter, Doon, and when Patricia Bosworth’s 1984 biography came out, neither Doon, nor her sister Amy, nor their father Allan Arbus, nor “certain close friends” had been willing to contribute.
A major retrospective at Jeu de Paume, Paris
Diane Arbus (New York, 1923–1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are.
Books
Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph https://amzn.com/B000L5AFQI
Diane Arbus: Untitled https://amzn.com/1597111902
An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus https://amzn.com/1608197557
Diane Arbus: A Biography https://amzn.com/0393326616
Diane Arbus: Magazine Work https://amzn.com/0893812331
diane arbus: in the beginning https://amzn.com/1588395952
Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer https://amzn.com/0062234323
Diane Arbus: Revelations https://amzn.com/0375506209