Diane Arbus - Photographs London Monday, November 17, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Diane Arbus, New York: Aperture, 1972, n.p.
    Diane Arbus: Revelations, London: Cape, 2003, p. 253

  • Catalogue Essay

    "She took pictures of the thoughts, feelings, things that you might not even know existed inside yourself. It wasn’t that she made you look one way or another, she made you look exactly like yourself. Horribly yourself, whoever you were. Is that beauty? If you can accept it, I think it might be."

    (A.M. Homes, ‘Nudist Exposed’, Modern Painters, Spring 2004)

  • 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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Retired man and his wife at home in a nudist camp one morning, N.J.

Gelatin silver print from A Box of Ten Photographs, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
36.6 x 38.3 cm (14 3/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated, numbered 40/50 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, reproduction limitation and portfolio stamps on the verso.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £15,000

Contact Specialist
Lou Proud
Head of Photographs
+ 44 207 318 4018


London 18 November 2014