Monday, March 14, 2011

Image of the Day

Today is the birthday of photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971). It's pretty impossible to pick a favorite Arbus photo, but the photo above is one of them, and one of her most well-known: Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, NYC, 1963.

Arbus led an extraordinarily interesting life before committing suicide at the age of 48; to this day she is considered one of the most controversial photographers of all time. The Nicole Kidman movie based on her life is actually worth watching, but I recommend starting with this
Masters of Photography documentary, produced in 1972:

There are a number of good books of Diane Arbus' work; I recommend one that Emily bought me for Christmas several years ago: Diane Arbus: Revelations, and I've also heard that this biography is good.

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