Diane Arbus: “The Missing Photographs…”

Found via AMERICANSUBURB X, Laureen Trainer’s (UMC Art Gallery) essay “The Missing Photographs: An Examination of Diane Arbus’s Images of Transvestites and Homosexuals from 1957 to 1965” is worth a read. Agree or disagree with the nature of Arbus’s photographs, the motivations and implications are worth confronting.

“It is imperative to leave behind the mystique built around her images, for only then can her ‘missing photographs’ be examined. Her work needs to be investigated from a socio-political standpoint, because her images of transvestites and other ‘sexual deviants’ provide a critical view into the conservative ideology of the day and reveal the underground culture that mainstream society was trying to keep out of sight, out of mind.”

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