Who was Photographer Diane Arbus?
Photographer Diane Arbus was born March 14, 1923 and sadly died July 26, 1971. The American photographer and writer was noted for black-and-white square photographs of “deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.”
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.
In 1972, a year after she committed suicide, Arbus became the first American photographer to have her photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale. Millions of people viewed travelling exhibitions of her work in 1972–1979.
In 2003–2006, Arbus and her work were the subjects of another major travelling exhibition, Diane Arbus Revelations.
A Look at the Style of Diane Arbus Photography
Photographer Diane Arbus Documentary
Watch the documentary below to get a greater sense of Diane Arbus and her photography in her own words.
Are you familiar with photographer Diane Arbus’ work? Do you have a favourite photo of hers?