Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was an American artist best known for her intimate black-and-white portraits. Arbus photographed a wide range of characters, often those who lived on the fringes of society, including the mentally ill, transgender people, and circus performers. Interested in probing questions of identity in her work, Arbus’s Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), simultaneously captured the underlying differences between twin sisters while also displaying their close resemblance. “If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, ‘I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life,’” she once explained. “I mean people are going to say, ‘You’re crazy.’ Plus they’re going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license.” You can read more about Diane Arbus here: http://www.artnet.com/artists/diane-arbus/

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