Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.

Arbus is best known for her unique form of documentary photography. She explored the uncanny, the marginalized, and the idiosyncratic characters who defied mid-century conformity. Her work has gone on to influence some of the most renowned photographers of our time including Nan Goldin. 

While Arbus launched her career in the fashion world alongside her ex-husband, it wasn't until she quit commercial photography in 1956 that she began to find her voice and establish her reputation. It's no surprise that Arbus, who was a product of an affluent and sheltered upbringing, became most interested in the eccentric individuals and oddities of New York City upon rejecting her roots.

Arbus' work was considered incredibly provocative at the time, displaying a curious balance of mystery and homage. 

Shot in 1956, "Woman with a Headless Dummy" serves as a bridge between Arbus' commercial photography and her subsequent career as an artist. In this single image Surrealism and fashion photography seem to be confronting each other, while simultaneously reveling in the aesthetic wonderland that is New York. 

Today, Arbus' work is celebrated in nearly every major museum collection including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), and Centre Pompidou (Paris).

"Woman with a Headless Dummy, N.Y.C. 1956"

USA, 1956 (printed later by Neil Selkirk)

Gelatin-silver print

Signed on verso in ink by Doon Arbus, for the Estate of Diane Arbus

From an edition of 75

5.25"H 8"W (photograph)

14"H 11"W (mat)

16"H 12.5"W (framed)

Very good condition.

Diane Arbus Revelations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Random House, 2003, p. 52

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