Medium Format: Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus’ photographic aesthetic presented her subjects in a seemingly dry, matter of fact manner. Un-stylized, set against an urban location, stares directly at the lens similar to late 19th/early 20th century portraits. But unlike those stiff characters of yesteryear, her subjects seem at ease and captured in a precise moment conveying a raw honesty not (very) evident in other portrait photographers at the time. Combined with her choice to feature those in her environment (New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s), it continues to capture my attention and makes her work immediate and distinct.

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