1923 - 1971 · United States
Diane Arbus was an American photographer whose art engaged with the technique of photojournalistic photography. Arbus is famous for her artistic work that aimed to normalize marginalized groups and represent all life subjects in their environment. Born Diane Nemerow on March 14, 1923 in New York City into a wealthy family. Diane Arbus first collaborated with her husband Allan Arbus in advertising and fashion photography for magazines such as Vogue. After her divorce, Arbus started a solo career while studying photography at the New School in New York. Diane Arbus’s photographs feature a large range of subjects from LGBTQ+ community, ederly, mothers, and strippers that are captured in familiar settings overcoming the canons of neutrality between photographer and subject. The subjective approach and the 6x6 specific square format of the pictured enable the viewer to be part of a psychological, intense and rare artistic experience. Arbus’s art career has been marked by a constant questioning on identity, gender, bodies and agency, such as her Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967). Diane Arbus’s pioneering photographs were exhibited in “New Documents” in 1967 alongside Lee Friedlander at the Museum of Modern Art. Diane Arbus commited suicide due to depression on July 26, 1971. Worldwide recognised as a major photographer of the 20th century, a significant retrospective of Arbus’s work took place at the Museum of Modern Art in 1972. Diane Arbus’s shoots are now held in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as in many temporary exhibition all over the world.