Diane Arbus: In the beginning

Diane Arbus: In the beginning


Diane Arbus: In the beginning considers the first seven years of the photographer’s career, from 1956 to 1962. A lifelong New Yorker, Arbus found the city and its citizens an endlessly rich subject for her art. Working in Times Square, the Lower East Side, and Coney Island, she made some of the most powerful portraits of the twentieth century, training her lens on the pedestrians and performers she encountered there. This exhibition highlights her early and enduring interest in the subject matter that would come to define her as an artist. It also reveals the artist’s evolution from a 35mm format to the now instantly recognizable and widely imitated look of the square format she adopted in 1962. Bringing together over 100 photographs from this formative period, many on display for the first time, diane arbus: in the beginning offers fresh insights into the distinctive vision of this iconic American photographer.

Diane Arbus
In the beginning
January 21 – April 30

SFMOMA
151 Third St San Francisco, CA 94103
www.sfmoma.org

Diane Arbus, Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn. , 1961

Diane Arbus, Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn. , 1961

Diane Arbus Fire Eater at a carnival, Palisades Park, N.J. , 1957

Diane Arbus Fire Eater at a carnival, Palisades Park, N.J. , 1957

Diane Arbus, Stripper with bare breasts sitting in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J. , 1961

Diane Arbus, Stripper with bare breasts sitting in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J. , 1961

Diane Arbus Woman with white gloves and a pocket book, N.Y.C. , 1956

Diane Arbus Woman with white gloves and a pocket book, N.Y.C. , 1956

Diane Arbus, Man in hat, trunks, socks and shoes, Coney Island, N.Y. , 1960

Diane Arbus, Man in hat, trunks, socks and shoes, Coney Island, N.Y. , 1960

Diane Arbus, Woman with white gloves and a pocketbook, N.Y.C., 1956.

Diane Arbus, Woman with white gloves and a pocketbook, N.Y.C., 1956.

Diane Arbus, Female Impersonator Holding Long Gloves, Hempstead, 1959

Diane Arbus, Female Impersonator Holding Long Gloves, Hempstead, 1959


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