Male and female fashion photograph by Diane and Allan Arbus (1918-2013). Tearsheet from Vogue, 1st February 1954

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Male and female fashion photograph by Diane and Allan Arbus (1918-2013). Tearsheet from Vogue, 1st February 1954

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Cynthia Boves Taylor. Tearsheet from Harper’s Bazaar, April 1964

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Male and female fashion photograph by Diane and Allan Arbus (1918-2013). Tearsheet from Vogue, 1st February 1954

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DIANE ARBUS

(1923-1971)

Diane Arbus was born Diane Nemerov in New York on March 14th, 1923. Diane married photographer Allan Arbus (1918-2013) in 1941, who encouraged her to pursue her interest in photography. Shortly after, Arbus attended Berenice Abbott’s photography course at the New School in New York, and then began fashion photography for Glamour and Vogue magazine. Abbott returned to the New School in 1956 for an apprenticeship with street photographer Lisette Model (1901-1983). This was the start of Arbus’ series of images which documented marginalised figures of society, such as children, circus performers, Fifth Avenue pedestrians and eccentrics.