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Diane Arbus Among the many many images I came across during my search I found Arbuss portraits to provoke the most emotion and intrigue There was not one in particular that struck a chord with me rather the overall brilliance in each photo and person and artistic opportunity She told a story through her photographs of lives and culture I enjoyed the wide variety of subjects as well as the ways she chose to portray each one Being particularly interested on portraiture I was captivated with the complexities of her work and the way in which she transcended so many boundaries She was at the height of her career during the 1970s but her images and mark on photography standards have lasted until this day Arbus embodies some argue she created the revolutionary arena of artistic photography that also possesses the ability to overlap into the world of journalism She had no distinction between what might others label their professional and their personal concerns and that is what drew me into her work All embodying a keen display of insight that is as striking as the character it illuminates This quote by Marvin Israel truly captures what it is I saw as well as the world in her photography She is known for uncompromising images regardless of the outlet impact our visual imaginations Born as Diane Nemerov in New York City in 1923 Arbus attended the Ethical Culture and Fieldston Schools Married to Allan Arbus at the age of eighteen she began to take photographs in the early forties and studied with Alexey Brodovitch in 1954 and with Lisette Model around 1957 Soon after Arbus began her studies with Lisette Model she began to devote herself fully to documenting transvestites twins midgets people on the streets and in their homes and asylum inmates Arbuss pictures are almost invariably confrontational the subjects look directly at the
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