Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was an American photographer. She worked to normalize marginalized groups and highlight the importance of proper representation of all people.

Diane Arbus is one of the most original and influential photographers of the twentieth century. She studied photography with Berenice Abbott, Alexey Brodovitch, and Lisette Model. Furthermore, her photographs were first published in Esquire in 1960.

In 1963 and 1966 she was awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships. She was also one of three photographers whose work was the focus of New Documents, John Szarkowski’s landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1967.

Arbus’s depictions of couples and children. But also female impersonators, nudists, New York City pedestrians and suburban families. Circus performers, and celebrities, among others, span the breadth of the postwar American social sphere and constitute a diverse and singularly compelling portrait of humanity.

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