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A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, 1963

Diane Arbus

Photography : silver print 14 x 11 inch


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Diane Arbus, A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC

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A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, 1963 by Diane Arbus is a vintage gelatin silver print, printed by the photographer. The subject, a widow, is dressed in a shiny dress, seated in a cluttered room between a large vase and a writing desk covered with statuettes and idols. The portrait was made and printed in the 1960s from a period of groundbreaking portraiture by the artist, primarily in the American Northeast during the 1950s-1960s. Image size: 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" on 11" x 14" paper. The photo back (verso) is stamped 'A Diane Arbus print,' printed by Diane Arbus, signed, dated by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit with reproduction limitation stamps. Archive numbers also noted on verso. Stamp with Robert Miller Gallery on back of mat. *** Artist's Bio: American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) is famous for her portraits of individuals on the margins of society. The photographer's work captures the bizarre and disturbing while the legendary artist in 20th century photography managed to remain compassionate and complicit with her subjects, resulting in raw psychological intensity that characterizes the work. *** Available at 99Prints NYC an online art marketplace for today’s collector of contemporary art, works on paper, original and limited edition photography. Based in New York City, 99Prints ships worldwide.
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Photography: silver print
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14 x 11 inch
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Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

United States • Born in: 1923

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Diane Arbus was born in 1923, in New York City. She and her husband were both practicing photographers, but her early images date back from the early 1960s when the pair had been separated. 

While taking a photography course, Arbus had met Richard Avedon and Lisette Model. She adopted the 6 x 6 format and worked exclusively in black and white. Arbus's work can be compared with Walker Evans, both interested in documentary urban photographs.

In her work, Diane Arbus investigates society. One of her first series, "American Rites, Manners, and Customs", constitutes a study on the rituals and habits of American people, featuring the portraits of several strangers. Arbus spent a lot of her time in New York taking portraits of strangers. Fascinated by outsiders, she frequently photographed marginalized people. Arbus's photography included unpopular, rejected social topics. Her subjects were often the mentally handicapped, transsexuals, dwarves, twins, transvestites, anyone the general public considered to be different. 

Arbus wanted to make a more inclusive society by highlighting what has typically been hidden and discriminated against. Through her work, she hoped to make social outsiders feel more accepted. Arbus became obsessed with exposing these injustices and would tirelessly search for the unconventional, to prove its normalcy. 

Diane Arbus had hepatitis and committed suicide on July 26, 1971, leaving behind veritable contemporary anthropology, which has marked the universe of photography.

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