February 18 2012

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was known for her quirky people images, or images of so called ‘freaks’ as they were better known.

She always befriended her subjects and was attracted to the unusual.  She committed suicide in 1972.

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”     – Diane Arbus

A print, of the bottom image, of the twins was sold at auction in 2004 for $468,000!!   There are further images taken of these twins as they grew up.

Finding the girls when they are grown for another photo makes me think of Steve McCurrys ‘Afghan Girl.’  After many many years of looking for her there is also a grown up image of her.  I find it interesting to look at the young and old images and wonder what life has led them through.  In the case of the ‘Afghan Girl’  it looks like its been a hard life.  Go on, ‘Google’ her, you know you want to!!


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