1923 New York – 1971 New York
Diane Arbus was arguably one of the most influential figures of photography in the 20th century. Her first encounter with the medium took place in the late-40s, when she assisted her husband Allan, a fashion photographer. After the exhibitions „Abstraction in Photography (1951) and „The Family of Man“ (1956) at the MoMA, given her first camera, she decided to become independent author and pursue her own artistic desires. In the following years, after their separation, Allan withdrew from photography and became an actor, and Diane grew as an individual artist, gaining critical acclaim and serious prominence with her contributions for magazines such as “Harper’s Bazaar”, “Esquire”, or “Sunday Times”. The prolific decade of the 60s was marked with a number of exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, including „The New Documents“ (1967) or „Portrait Photographs“ (1969). In 1971, suffering from long-lasting depression, Arbus committed suicide. One year later, her photographs were presented at the large retrospective (1972) at the MoMA. Until now, her work is essential part of numerous exhibitions and collections, including the new display at the Whitney Museum in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles, Art Institute in Chicago, and many others.