Diane Arbus

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Diane Arbus
Birth name Diane Nemerov
Born March 14, 1923(1923-03-14)
New York City, New York,
United States
Died July 26, 1971 (aged 48)
Greenwich Village,
New York, United States
Nationality American
Field Photography
Works Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park (1962)
Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 (1967)

Diane Arbus was an American photographer.


[edit] Personal life

Diane Arbus (née Nemerov) was born in New York City into a wealthy family, [1] the younger sister of Howard Nemerov, who served as United States Poet Laureate on two separate occasions. She attended the Fieldston School for Ethical Culture.

Edward Steichen's noted photo exhibit, The Family of Man, included a photograph credited to Diane Arbus and her husband.[2]

Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967, on the cover of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph.

One of Arbus' studies included such people as Gloria Vanderbilt's then-infant son, future CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper, for Harper's Bazaar.[3]

[edit] Famous photographs

Arbus' Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York City (1962)
  • Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park,[4] New York City (1962) — A scrawny boy, with the left strap of his jumper awkwardly hanging off his shoulder, tensely holds his long, thin arms by his side. Clenching a toy grenade in his right hand and holding his left hand in a claw-like gesture, his facial expression is maniacal. Arbus captured this photograph by having the boy stand while moving around him, claiming she was trying to find the right angle. The boy became impatient and told her to "Take the picture already!" This photo was also used, without permission, on the cover of punk band SNFU's first studio album, And No One Else Wanted to Play.
  • Jewish Giant at Home with His Parents in The Bronx, NY[5] (1970) — Eddie Carmel, the "Jewish Giant", stands in his family's apartment with his much shorter mother and father.
  • Masked Woman in a Wheelchair PA, 1970

[edit] In media

In 2006, the film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus was released, starring Nicole Kidman as Arbus. It used Patricia Bosworth's book Diane Arbus: A Biography as a source.

[edit] Notes

[edit] References

[edit] Biographies

  • Bosworth, Patricia. 2005. Diane Arbus: A Biography. W.W. Norton, 2005. ISBN 0393326616, 978-0393326611
  • Diane Arbus: Revelations. Random House, 2003. ISBN 0375506209, 978-0375506208

[edit] Photographs

  • Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, Aperture, 2005. ISBN 0893816949, 978-0893816940
  • Diane Arbus: Untitled, Aperture, 2005. ISBN 089381623X, 978-0893816230
  • Diane Arbus: Magazine Work, Aperture, 2005. ISBN 0893812331, 978-0893812331
  • ' Diane Arbus: Episode 12 of Season 10 Mystery Science Theater 3000. Diane Arbus is refered to by Michael J. Nelson

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NAME Arbus, Diane
SHORT DESCRIPTION American photographer (who committed suicide)
DATE OF BIRTH 14 March 1923
DATE OF DEATH 26 July 1971
PLACE OF DEATH Greenwich Village, New York City
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