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Diane Arbus Art

American, 1923-1971

Diane Arbus might’ve been born into New York City’s high society, which was protected from the horrors of the Great Depression, but she preferred to live life on the fringe of it. There she met the subjects of her now-iconic portrait photography — “eccentrics” such as circus performers, people with developmental disabilities and addicts.

Arbus didn’t start out photographing these people, however. She and her husband, Allan, whom she wed when she was just 18, developed a shared interest in photography after he served as a photographer during World War II. When he returned, the couple shot fashion spreads for Arbus’s family’s department store, eventually having their work published in glossy magazines.

Having studied under photographers Berenice Abbott, Alexey Brodovitch and Lisette Model, Arbus then pursued her interest in documentary work in the 1950s, taking to the streets of New York to photograph strangers. By 1962, she was shooting from the waist with a medium-format camera. She didn’t want the camera to block her connection to her subjects, which were now the people marginalized by society rather than fashion models. “For me the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated,” Arbus explained.

Before her death by suicide in 1971, when she was just 48 years old, Arbus had achieved acclaim for her works such as Child With Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. (1962) and Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J. (1967). She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1963 and 1966 and had her work shown in the monumental 1967 group exhibition “New Documents” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Posthumously, her fame only broadened. MoMA put on a solo show for the artist in 1972, and, in the same year, Aperture published her first monograph.

Today, Arbus’s photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among many other institutions.

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Diane Arbus "Woman with Headless Dummy" Photograph, 1956
By Diane Arbus
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Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Arbus is best known for her unique form of documentary photography. She explored the uncann...
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A young man and his girlfriend with hot dogs in the park, N.Y.C. 1971
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Gelatin silver print (Edition of 75) Estate stamped and signed by Doon Arbus for the Estate of Diane Arbus, verso Also titled, dated, and numbered in black ink, verso 20 x 16 inche...
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Woman at a counter smoking, N.Y.C. 1962
By Diane Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Printed by Neil Selkirk Edition of 75 Signed verso in ink by Doon Arbus for the Estate of Diane Arbus; estate stamp verso 14.5 x 14.5 inches (image) 20 x 16 inches (sheet)
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1960s Diane Arbus Art

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Camp Lakecrest campers as trees, Dutchess County, NY
By Diane Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Camp Lakecrest campers as trees, Dutchess County, NY 1968 Estate stamped and signed by Doon Arbus for the Estate of Diane Arbus, verso Gelatin silver print (Edition of 75) 20 x 16...
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1960s Contemporary Diane Arbus Art

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Puerto Rican woman with a beauty mark
By Diane Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Estate stamped and signed by Doon Arbus for the Estate of Diane Arbus, verso Gelatin silver print (Edition of 75) 20 x 16 inches, sheet 14.875 x 14.375 inches, image Contact galle...
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1960s Contemporary Diane Arbus Art

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A young man and his girlfriend with hot dogs in the park
By Diane Arbus
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin silver print Image: 15 x 14.5 inches Sheet: 20 x 16 inches Edition of 75 Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph,' signed, titled
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A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NY, Iconic Portrait Photography
By Diane Arbus
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A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, 1963 by Diane Arbus is a vintage gelatin silver print, printed by the photographer. The subject, a widow, is dressed in a shiny dress, seated in...
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Girl in a coat lying on her bed, N.Y.C
By Diane Arbus
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Girl in a coat lying on her bed, N.Y.C., 1968 Gelatin silver print Image: 14.5 x 14.5 inches Sheet: 20 x 16 inches Edition of 75 Signed verso in ink by Doon Arbus, for the Estate of ...
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Transvestite at Her Birthday Party
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Young couple on a bench in Washington Square Park, NYC
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