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Photograph: Tod Papageorge, 1967
Diane Arbus' work, which focused on marginalized people, gave voice to those considered ugly or imperfect. Circus performers, dwarves, nudists, and transgender people were all subjects of her work, which has been characterized as surreal.
Though she was considered a documentary photographer, artistic elements are always present in her work, which was met with success in her lifetime....
March 14, 1923-July 26, 1971; American photographer and writer noted for photographs of marginalized people...
In 1972, a year after she took her own life, Arbus became the first American photographer to have photographs displayed at the Venice Biennale. Millions viewed traveling exhibitions of her work in 1972–1979. Between 2003-06, her work was the subject of another major traveling exhibition, Diane Arbus Revelations. In 2006, the movie Fur, starring Nicole Kidman as Arbus, presented a fictional version of her life story.
Born Diane Nemerov to David Nemerov and Gertrude Russek Nemerov, a Jewish couple who lived in NYC and owned Russek's, a famous 5th Avenue department store. Her family's wealth insulated her from the effects of the Great Depression while growing up in the 1930s. Her father became a painter after retiring from Russek's; her younger sister would become a sculptor and designer; and her older brother, Howard Nemerov, would later become US Poet Laureate and the father of the American art historian Alexander Nemerov.
...In 1941, at 18, she married her childhood sweetheart Allan Arbus. Their first daughter, Doon, born in 1945, became a writer; their second daughter, Amy, born in 1954, became a photographer
Diane and Allan Arbus separated in 1959, and were divorced in 1969. (Wikipedia)
Though she thrived professionally, Arbus had personal challenges.... she later struggled with depression. She committed suicide in her NYC apartment. (http://www.biography.com)