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Diane Arbus. COM 241 Photography I. Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot.... Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats. - Diane Arbus. About.

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diane arbus

Diane Arbus

COM 241

Photography I

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Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot.... Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.

- Diane Arbus

about
About
  • Remembered for her photographs depicting outsiders (“freaks” as she called them), such as transvestites, dwarves, giants, prostitutes, etc.
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Born in New York City

  • Started out as fashion photographer
  • Then became photojournalist shooting for NYC magazines like Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar
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Committed suicide in 1971 at the age of 48

Photograph of Diane Arbus by Allan Arbus(a film test), c. 1949

links
Links
  • Short biography of Diane Arbus from the Encyclopedia of Photography
  • Selection of photos http://diane-arbus-photography.com/
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A scrawny boy, with the left strap of his jumper awkwardly hanging off his shoulder, tensely holds his long, thin arms by his side. Clenching a toy grenade in his right hand and holding his left hand in a claw-like gesture, his facial expression is maniacal. Arbus captured this photograph by having the boy stand while moving around him, claiming she was trying to find the right angle. The boy became impatient and told her to "Take the picture already!”

Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962. A print of this photograph was sold in 2005 at auction for $408,000.

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I had always wanted to go but I sort of didn't dare tell anybody. The director met me at the bus station because I didn't have a car so I got in his car and I was very nervous. He said, "I hope you realize you've come to a nudist camp." Well, I hope I realized I had. So we were in total agreement there.

A Young Waitress at a Nudist Camp, N.J., 1963

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A young man with curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966. A print was sold for $198,400 at a 2004 auction

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Young twin sisters are seen standing side by side in corduroy dresses. Arbus's aesthetic in this photo was echoed in Stanley Kubrick 's film, The Shining that featured twins in an identical pose.

Arbus' photograph, Identical Twins is seventh on the list of the list of most expensive photographs, having sold in 2004 for $478,400.

Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967

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Long after Diane Arbus photographed them, twins Cathleen Mulcahy, left, and Colleen Yorke are still recognized by strangers. (Helayne Seidman - For The Washington Post)

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Eddie Carmel , the "Jewish Giant", stands in his family's apartment with his much shorter mother and father.

Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in The Bronx, NY (1970). A print was sold at auction for $421,000 in 2007.