The King and Queen of a Senior Citizen’s Dance, N.Y.C.

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was born in New York City. Between 1955 and 1957 she studied photography under Lisette Model, who encouraged her to concentrate on personal pictures and to develop an incisive documentary eye. She devoted herself fully to documenting transvestites, twins, midgets, people on the streeet and asylum inmates. Her pictures are invariably confrontational: the subjects look directly at the camea and are sharply rendered, lit by direct flash or other frontal lighting. She was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships in 1963 and 1966 to continue her work. She committed suicide in 1971. In the following year she became the first American photographer to be represented at the Venice Biennale. A major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art was held in 1972 and that show traveled throughout the United States and Canada during the next year.

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