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? Estate of Diane Arbus. Diane Arbus photographing the Doppelg?nger Twins.

? Estate of Diane Arbus.
Diane Arbus photographing the Doppelg?nger Twins.

Go Places You Have Never Been

Adore your subjects

Photographer Diane Arbus’s distinctive portraits showed the world how crazy (and beautiful) New Yorkers were in the 1950s and ’60s.

Arbus took a lot of photographs of?marginalized?individuals in society (transgender, dwarfs, circus people, etc) and of course she had her natural prejudices when she took photographs (as we all do). Her individuals would try to present themselves to the world in a certain way, but other people might perceive them in a different way.

For example, if someone dressed up as a rock star with chains and spiked studs, they may feel that they are giving off the image that they are powerful and cool. However an outsider might see this as frightening, and something abhorrent.

?Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot. It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me.?I just used to adore them. I still adore some of them, I don?t quite mean they?re my best friends but they made me feel a mixture of shame and awe.

There’s a quality of legend about freaks. Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they?ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They?ve already passed their test in life.?They?re aristocrats.?

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