Diane Arbus

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Arbus, Diane

(är`bəs), 1923–71, American photographer, b. New York City. For nearly 20 years Arbus operated a successful fashion photography studio with her husband, Allan Arbus. She studied with Lisette Model and began, in the late 1950s, to make the intimate and powerful visual record of life on the margins of society for which she became renowned. Her empathetic acceptance of what she saw set her work apart and gave her access to the usually unapproachable: transvestites, dwarves, prostitutes, nudists, giants, carnival sideshow performers, the mentally impaired, and those often stigmatized as strange or ugly. Arbus, who battled depression throughout her life, died a suicide at 48. One of the most acclaimed and influential American photographers of the latter 20th cent., Arbus was the sister of the poet Howard NemerovNemerov, Howard
, 1920–91, American poet, novelist, and critic, b. New York City, grad. Harvard, 1941; brother of photographer Diane Arbus. He taught at Bennington College for many years and was associated with Washington Univ. in St. Louis from 1969 until his death.
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See collections of work the aperture monograph Diane Arbus (1972), Diane Arbus, Magazine Work (1984), Diane Arbus: Untitled (1995), and Diane Arbus: Revelations (2003) biographies by P. Bosworth (1984) and A. Lubow (2016).

Arbus, Diane (b. Nemerov)

(1923–71) photographer; born in New York City (sister of Howard Nemerov). Daughter of a wealthy department store merchant, she began as a fashion photographer, but from about 1954 on she concentrated on such subjects as deviants, nudists, dwarfs, drug-addicts, and ugly or poor people she might meet on the street.
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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) Film4, 1.10am In her teenage years, society princess Diane Nemerov (Nicole Kidman) meets Allan Arbus (Ty Burrell) and they marry.
Born in New York City, Arbus left college to work at Russek's Department Store, where he met Diane Nemerov, whose parents owned the store.
15, 1918 and married fellow photographer Diane Nemerov, better known as Diane Arbus in 1941.
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