Diane Arbus
American, 1923-1971

Diane Arbus revolutionized documentary photography. Her unconventional yet intimate portraits of societal outcasts provided a psychological profile of mid-century America. With portraits that discomfited the average American viewer of the 1950s and 1960s, Arbus embraced society’s fringe and captured the likes of drag queens, nudists, and people with mental and physical disabilities in a familiar and elevated light. Injecting each piece with emotion, Arbus compels the viewer to take time with each of her subjects and look beyond their preconceived societal status. Arbus’s unique subjects, along with her untimely death, propelled a cult-like following amongst aficionados of contemporary art and the obscure.