Diane Arbus


‘everybody has that thing when they look one way but they end up looking the other way’ how people look at the floor.

‘There’s a point between what you want people knowing about you and what you can’t help people knowing about you’

It’s impossible to get out of your skin into somebody else’s 

Somebody else’s tragedy is not the same as your own.

‘Generalise human being everyone would recognise it’

‘The more specific you are, the more general it will be’  Lisette Model to Diane Arbus

This video and quotations have helped my understanding of social documentary and portraiture; especially the last quotation. The more universal an image be, so that more people are affected and are opinionated of it, the more successful the image. Our society, although shaped by materialism, is not depicted by what we have, but what experiences we share.  



In Susan Sontag’s book, ‘On Photography’, she suggests that Diane Arbus was angry with the fact that she led a privileged  life. She chose ‘freaks’ so that we wouldn’t judge them. It may seem that Arbus was in conflict with a judgmental society, but in harmony with the people in it, through her photography.











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