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DIANE ARBUS: “V&A’s Diane Arbus ‘Revelations’ Q&A” (2005)

This is an abridged transcript of an online chat session, hosted by V&A Photography Curator Martin Barnes, which took place on Friday 21 October 2005. 2005-10-21 13:56:23 VAModerator Welcome to the V&A’s Diane Arbus Revelations chatroom. Photography Curator Martin Barnes is here to answer as many of your questions as he can. 2005-10-21 13:57:42 MartinBarnes […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Essential Mysteries (Excerpt)” (2011)

Untitled (Vineland), 1970-71 By William Todd Schultz, excerpt from An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus, 2011 Essential Mysteries One of photographer Diane Arbus’s first pictures, she says, was of a dog. She was living at the time on Martha’s Vineyard. A big mutt with Weimaraner eyes-gray eyes- arrived every day […]

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REVIEW: “Untitled by Diane Arbus” (1996)

Untitled by Diane Arbus, New York, Aperture 1995 By Elsa Dorfman Originally published in The Women’s Review of Books, January 1996 Best known for her portraits of people who live on the margins of society – giants, midgets, freaks, transvestites, nudists – Diane Arbus is an undisputed master of photography. Her work is in every […]

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Notes from the Margin of Spoiled Identity – The Art of Diane Arbus (1988)

A family on their lawn one Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. 1968 “Photography both loots and preserves, denounces and consecrates.” Susan Sontag   By Gerry Badger, Originally Published in Phototexts, 1988 The principal issue raised by the remarkable photographs of Diane Arbus seems not to be their remarkableness, which few would dispute, but their morality. The […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Where Diane Arbus Went” (2005)

A family on their lawn one Sunday in Westchester, N.Y., 1968 Where Diane Arbus Went: A Comprehensive Retrospective, prompts the author to reconsider the short yet powerfully influential career of a photographer whose “fascination with eccentricity and masquerade brought her into an unforeseeable convergence with her era, and made her one of its essential voices. By […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Flirt, Flash & Mirror” (2013)

A husband and wife in the woods at a nudist camp, N.J., 1963  FLIRT, FLASH & MIRROR By Anna Solal Translated by Chris Farmer, 2013 I saw this show a few months ago in Berlin but it took some time to fully digest it. This dense retrospective of Diane Arbus’ photographs is a fine occasion […]

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INTERVIEW: “Diane Arbus – Nudist Exposed” (2004)

Retired man and his wife at home in a nudist camp one morning, N.J, 1963. “In 1963 we were trendsetters. We convinced ourselves that naked was the way to go.” Diane Arbus: From Modern Painters Spring 2004, Nudist Exposed by A.M. Homes ‘A documentary you said.’ ‘Yes, a piece, on the photographer Diane Arbus.’ ‘Was […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Surface Tensions: Judith Butler on Diane Arbus” (2004)

Two men dancing at a drag ball, N.Y.C. 1970. By Judith Butler, ArtForum, February, 2004 The Diane Arbus exhibition “Revelations,” currently (2004) showing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is not difficult to attend. The crowds that circled the block to see the major Marc Chagall exhibition earlier this fall are now quite […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “The Eyes Have It: Gillian Wearing on Diane Arbus”

The Eyes Have It: Gillian Wearing on Diane Arbus ArtForum, Feb, 2004 by Barry Schwabsky Gillian Wearing has always emphasized her work’s affiliation with the field of documentary–for instance, with Michael Apted’s sequence of films beginning with Seven Up (1964)–over its roots in fine art. But her penchant for subjecting its documentary content to an […]

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Diane Arbus MoMA Exhibition Wall Label Text (1972)

    She was not a theorist but an artist. Her concern was not to buttress philosophical questions but to make pictures.   By John Szarkowski, Director, Department of Photography, NY MoMA Diane Arbus’s pictures challenge the basic assumptions on which most documentary photography has been thought to rest, for they deal with private rather […]

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ASX.TV: Diane Arbus – “Masters of Photography Part 3″ (1972)

In 1967, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented New Documents — a major exhibition of the personal visions of several photographers — the surprise of the show was the work of Diane Arbus. On her own, against the advice of many friends, she had pursued her documentation of people on […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Stamped on Verso”

        Images from the back of the print: Transvestite at a Drag Ball, New York City, 1970 Gelatin silver, printed by Neil Selkirk 14-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches (36.8 x 36.8 cm)     Diane Arbus. An Aperture Monograph. Fortieth-Anniversary Edition. Photographs by Diane Arbus. Edited by Marvin Israel, Doon Arbus. Aperture, New […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Diane Arbus’ Noah’s Ark of Humanity” (2004)

Diane Arbus’ Noah’s Ark of Humanity – A legendary photographer’s unfinished book By Randall Decoteau This article was written in response to the exhibit Diane Arbus: Family Albums at the Portland Museum of Art. In 1968, three years before her suicide, the great American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) wrote that she was compiling her photographs […]

VIDEO: Diane Arbus – "Masters of Photography" (1972)

ASX.TV: Diane Arbus – “Masters of Photography Part 1″ (1972)

In 1967, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York City presented New Documents — a major exhibition of the personal visions of several photographers — the surprise of the show was the work of Diane Arbus. On her own, against the advice of many friends, she had pursued her documentation of people on […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Diane Arbus” (1991)

Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, NYC, 1963 By Gary Michael Dault, C Magazine #29, Spring 1991 All of us are presumably on such visually familiar turf with the photographs of Diane Arbus that it is hard now to remember what all the upset was about when they were new; hard to remember, for example, that […]

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DIANE ARBUS: “Arbus’s Box of Ten Photographs” (2003)

“A young family in Brooklyn going for a Sunday outing. Their baby in named Dawn. Their son is retarded.” NYC, 1966 By John Pultz, excerpt from Diane Arbus: Family Albums, 2003 The closest Arbus ever came to producing the “Family Album” was the portfolio A Box of Ten Photographs, which she dated 1970 but first offered […]

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Diane Arbus and the Gaze that Mocks our Mere Curiosity

A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C, 1966 Notice how powerfully her subjects gaze, with an intensity that mocks our mere curiosity.   By Richard Rodriguez, transcript from PBS News Hour, December 2003 Diane Arbus is as famous as any American photographer of the last 50 years and more notorious […]

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INTERVIEW: “Interview with Renee Nemerov Brown, Diane Arbus’s Sister”

Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962 Sister act: Renee Nemerov Brown, Diane Arbus’s sister, has spent her life carving out her own identity. But she does not deny the shadows that darkened their childhood, and which her sister could not escape By Patricia Bosworth Diane Arbus is celebrated for her […]