Beautiful Bizarre article
Author: Angelique Joy
Year: 2019

Beautiful Bizarre & photographer Diane Arbus

“Diane Arbus’ ‘proper’, affluent upbringing included an ‘enormous sense of what was prohibited’ and what was required of her. Photographing, for Arbus, was a journey through worlds where restrictions didn’t exist. The people she captured already resided outside of conventions; outside of the social parameters she had became accustomed, her captures reveal a sense of freedom in being ‘ugly’, in being ‘other’. Her portraits show a connection and curiosity with her subject’s otherness and their almost defiant comfort in that otherness- they were at liberty to be themselves, where she, behind her lens, was still required to hide, to suppress any improperness.”

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