Photographer Profile: Diane Arbus

11 March 2016

”A photograph is a secret about a secret.
The more it tells you the less you know.”

- Diane Arbus, 1923-1971

Next week marks what would have been the 92nd birthday of the gifted and troubled photographer Diane Arbus

Born Diane Nemerov on March 14, 1923, in New York City. Diane developed a love for the arts in high school creating a range of interesting drawings and paintings, she learned photography from her husband, Allan Arbus, and together they started an advertising and fashion photography business. Diane soon began to explore her own unique style of photography. Her confronting, unusual images of the people she met while living in New York created a unique and interesting portrait of the city's seedy underbelly. Sadly her career was cut short when she committed suicide in 1971 at the age of 48.
Over the course of her short career, Arbus created a prolific body of work that would inspire photographers for years to come.

Photographer Profile: Diane ArbusPhotographer Profile: Diane Arbus

Below are some examples of Diane’s work, always searching for something different, her favoured subjects were as she called them “Freaks”, marginalised people in society, transgender, dwarfs, nudists and circus performers.

All Images by Diane Arbus

If you would like to see more of Diane Arbus’s work, click HERE (warning some images are NSFW)

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