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.
Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?
A new biography and Met exhibit show how she sacrificed her marriage, her friendships, and eventually her life for her career as an artist living on the edge.
Diane Arbus Portrait of a photographer
In 1969, the Metropolitan Museum of Art agreed to buy three photographs by Diane Arbus, for seventy-five dollars each. Wiser counsels prevailed, however, and a few months later the museum decided to take only two.
Arbus before Arbus
A new exhibition at the Met Breuer, featuring previously unseen prints, reveals the early impulses of a modern master.