Photographer Diane Arbus was born in 1923. She began in fashion photography and, in the 1950s, writes her daughter Doon Arbus, worked “in a portrait tradition. Later Diane discovered a subject matter that was completely her own and which included all sorts of people that others had turned their backs on, dwarfs, giants, twins, circus performers, transvestites. But it was not only her subject matter that made her work unique, it was her relationship with the subjects which involved a mysterious cooperation and demanded their complicity in the taking of the picture. They presented her with what they believed themselves
to be and she, in a sense, confirmed their beliefs, took them upon herself, and in that sense, they were both taking equal risks. ...”
Diane Arbus committed suicide in June, 1971. In November, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will hold an exhibition of her work. In April and May of 1973 the exhibition will appear at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; in October, 1973, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and in early 1974 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. A collection of eighty photographs entitled Diane Arbus will be published in book form in November.