DIANE ARBUS – ALL THINGS STRANGE

ARBUS, WHO STARTED OUT AS A FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER, QUICKLY TURNED TO SUBJECTS THAT WERE BEAUTIFUL IN MUCH LESS OBVIOUS WAYS. MORE THAN ART, HER PHOTOGRAPHS WERE ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES OF THAT UNDEFINED SPACE BETWEEN THE MAINSTREAM AND THE STRANGE. SHE SEARCHED FOR THE FAMILIAR WITHIN THE ODD WITH PORTRAITURES OF TRANSVESTITES (OR ‘FEMALE IMPERSONATORS’ AS SHE CALLED THEM) GETTING READY FOR A SHOW, NUDISTS AND CIRCUS FREAKS. AT THE SAME TIME SHE EXTRACTED THE BIZARRE OUT OF THINGS ONE WOULD USUALLY FIND NORMAL: PORTRAITS OF KIDS WEARING HALLOWEEN MASKS, A COUPLE FIGHTING AT CONEY ISLAND AND A DISNEYLAND CASTLE. “I SEE SOMETHING THAT SEEMS WONDERFUL. I SEE THE DEVINE-NESS IN ORDINARY THINGS,” THE EXHIBITION QUOTES ARBUS. …read the rest here.

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