Diane Arbus is a name that easily pops to mind whenever street photography is mentioned. Her images like the Child with the Toy Hand Grenade and Identical Twins are burned into our collective memories — a testament to the true power of photography. She wasn’t the type of photographer, nor person to shy away from the shocking and the unusual. As a matter of fact, Arbus welcomed all that was bizarre and curious into her life and work.
A new exhibition featuring her earliest works will be displayed at the Hayward Gallery in London from the 13th of February until the 6th of May, 2019. Titled Diane Arbus: In The Beginning, the exhibition will include over 100 photographs that were taken by Arbus from 1956-62 — many of which have never been exhibited before in Europe. This will be a great way to learn more about the iconic photographer, her approach to photography, and her signature style.
Arbus will remain to be one of the most interesting photographers in history. While others made their way up the ladder, she chose to climb down and experience a world that was hidden from sight. Arbus believed in the power of photography, and its potential to make people interact with the narrative captured in the frame. In a way, Arbus contributed to the democratization of photography, a friend to the marginalized and outcasts of society.
This upcoming exhibition is easily one of the most anticipated photo events in history. The Diane Arbus estate wasn’t always so eager about showing her work to the public so an exhibition with this generous number of photographs is more than welcome.
All information used in this article was sourced from British Journal of Photography.