Blogging from A to Z Challenge: A is for…Diane Arbus (#AtoZChallenge)
Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!
I’ve revealed my theme (Female Photographers), and as I have every year, I am going to be blogging my theme letters on the fly – even though I had originally planned to be more prepared, COVID took over my life (I am an instructional designer in eLearning at a college that is frantically moving everyone online…). So, here goes nothing!
Diane Arbus was an American photographer best known for her black and white portraits. And not just your average portraits, but images of people not typically found in portrait studio.
“During her wanderings around New York City, Arbus began to pursue taking photographs of people she found. She visited seedy hotels, public parks, a morgue and other various locales. These unusual images had a raw quality, and several of them found their way into the July 1960 issue of Esquire magazine. These photographs proved to be a spring board for future work.” (https://www.biography.com/artist/diane-arbus)
What I admire about her photography is the passion she had for her art. Some of the reading I’ve done, however, indicates she may not have been quite so caring about her subjects, but when she saw a story she felt needed to be told, she told it. You can read an in-depth discussion of her work ethic in The Cut article.
Diane Arbus was born in 1923, and after quite the colourful life, committed suicide in 1971.
When I think of my own photography, I avoid portraits at all costs. And with the current situation, I definitely don’t feel comfortable going out and trying to emulate Arbus’ work, so I won’t try that for this post. I also won’t post any of her works here as they are all copyrighted as per her estate, but you can visit the many sites I’ve listed here to see her photographs.
Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter A. You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at Letter A, A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).