Diane Arbus - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    'Diane Arbus', Camera, vol. 51, no. 11, November 1972, p. 12
    D. Arbus, S. S. Phillips, N. Selkirk, E. Sussman, J. L. Rosenheim, Diane Arbus Revelations, Random House, 2003, p. 72, there titled A young waitress at a nudist camp, N.J.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The early Arbus photograph offered here is one of several known examples that Arbus sent to friends and associates to promote the highly influential 1967 exhibition New Documents at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in which Arbus was featured as one of three leading documentary photographers alongside Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand. Waitress, Nudist Camp, N.J., 1963, is the only known image that Arbus used for this purpose.

  • 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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Waitress, Nudist Camp, N.J.

Gelatin silver print.
Image: 5.7 x 5.7 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)
Sheet: 10.2 x 12.7 cm (4 x 5 in.)

Signed, titled, dated, annotated 'Not to be reproduced' and inscribed in ink on the verso.

£20,000 - 30,000 

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London Auction 3 November 2016