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  • 'Their numbers were picked out of a hat. They were just chosen King and Queen of a senior citizens’ dance in N.Y.C. Yetta Granat is 72 and Charles Fahrer is 79. They have never met before.' —Caption by Diane Arbus

    • Description

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    • Literature

      Esquire, May 1971, p. 11
      Diane Arbus, New York: Aperture, 1972, n.p.
      New York Times Magazine, 5 November 1972, p. 38
      Diane Arbus: Magazine Work, New York: Aperture, 1984, p. 146
      J. Green & J. Friedman, American Photography: A Critical History 1945-Present, New York: Abrams, 1984, p. 196
      T. Weski et al., How You Look At It: Photographs of the 20th Century, London: Thames & Hudson, 2000, p. 288
      Diane Arbus: Revelations, London: Jonathan Cape, 2003, p. 247
      A. W. Lee at al., Diane Arbus: Family Albums, New Haven: Yale University, 2003, pl. 20
      Cruel and Tender: The Real in the 20th-Century Photograph, London: Tate Modern, 2003, pp. 235, 256

    • Artist Biography

      Diane Arbus

      American • 1923 - 1971

      Transgressing traditional boundaries, Diane Arbus is known for her highly desirable, groundbreaking portraiture taken primarily in the American Northeast during the late 1950s and 1960s. Famous for establishing strong personal relationships with her subjects, Arbus' evocative images capture them in varied levels of intimacy. Whether in their living rooms or on the street, their surreal beauty transcends the common distance found in documentary photography.

      Taken as a whole, Arbus' oeuvre presents the great diversity of American society — nudists, twins, babies, beauty queens and giants — while each distinct image brings the viewer into contact with an exceptional individual brought to light through Arbus' undeniable genius. 

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The King and Queen of a Senior Citizens Dance, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print from A box of ten photographs, printed by Neil Selkirk.
37.8 x 36.2 cm (14 7/8 x 14 1/4 in.)
Stamped ‘A Diane Arbus photograph’, signed, titled, dated and numbered 40/50 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit, ‘portfolio of ten’ and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

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£30,000 - 50,000 

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London Auction 20 May 2021