Proof of Life: The Iconic Photography of Diane Arbus

Recording the life and moments of people society had forgotten… or chosen to ignore, Diane Arbus is heralded as one of the most important documentary photographers of the 20th century. Diane Arbus photographed intimate moments of the shunned, the odd, the isolated, and the eccentric creating a catalogue of iconic images sometimes viewed as dark, confrontational and exploitative. Were Arbus’ subjects the heroes of her images? Did her lens give her subjects a voice or place them behind a viewing glass, creating a series of cultural curiosities? Some have viewed her work as an important record; giving voice and visibility to those existing on the social periphery. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them…” The people and the social moments Diane Arbus captured were a far cry from … Continue reading Proof of Life: The Iconic Photography of Diane Arbus