Response- “Masters of Photography:Diane Arbus”

Diane Arbus and “The Boy with a Toy Grenade in Central Park”

Diane Arbus’ method of photography was very interesting to learn about. Her photographs are all in black and white and all of people. I liked how the film used narration of Diane’s actual words over her photographs.

For a while I could not see the pattern in her photography. I thought that she was just taking pictures of people with interesting looks. But then it was revealed that she was purposefully taking photographs of people that society tends to look away from–the freaks, cripples, disfigured, old, etc. Her choice to direct her lens at these people who do not get direct eye contact on the street was heart warming. I like the idea of using a camera to make other people see what they otherwise refuse to. With her photographs she gave these people a moment of attention and a lifetime of notoriety as one of her subjects. Her thoughts on the lives of “freaks” gave a better insight as to whys she sought them as subjects for her photographs. Her notion that they were born with trauma, yes the rest of us have to experience it later in life makes sense. They have to grow up and live with something, something that she wished to photograph.

Diane Argus felt deeply for subjects, and these deep feelings as well as her own may have led to her death. However without her connections to her subjects, her photographs may have not been the same.

 

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