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Diane Arbus

Show Notes: Diane Arbus

This video is a natural following to last week’s show on August Sander. Diane Arbus considered Sander to be her biggest influence. There are some really interesting similarities in their work – threads of commonality, though these two photographers both have very distinctive styles.

Diane Arbus was born in 1923 to a very wealthy family in New York. She married her childhood sweetheart, Allan Arbus in 1941 and the two of them ran a successful photography studio together shooting portrait and editorial work for magazines. They were credited a photograph in the Edward Steichen 1955 “Family of Man” exhibit. They separated in 1959 – Allan went on to become an actor most notably the psychiatrist in the TV show MASH.

Diane went on to a prolific and innovative career as a photographer. She worked respected in both the commercial and fine art worlds. Her style is hallmarked by unusual and often unaccepted subjects – redefining beauty and what photography could be. Often known as the “photographer of freaks”, her most iconic images are often of subjects on the fringe of society including transvestites, giants, nudists, circus performers, the mentally challenged, etc.

Though prolific, her career ended with her untimely suicide in 1971. She was only 48. One year later she was the first American photographer to be featured in the Venice Biennale.

The Art Of Photography 

This Blog entry is credited to Ted Forbes and The Art Of Photography Podcast.

On the beat with New York’s crime photographer

Just found this interesting peace on the BBC News website.

For at least one group of hardened professionals in New York City, near record-low crime figures are distinctly bad for business. At almost every major crime scene in the city, the press photographers trail right behind the police cars and ambulances – or even beat them there.

Marc Hermann, now in his early 30s, worked as a staff crime photographer for the New York Daily News for years. He began wondering what it would be like to see how past crime scenes from New York’s streets have changed.

His Then and Now series went viral, and he took BBC News to some of his favourite locations. It is partly a tribute to the old-timers who captured the dramatic aftermath of organised crime in its hey-day, and an homage to the city’s turbulent history.


On the beat with New York’s crime photographer


Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire Photography Wedding and Family Photographer.