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New Exhibit Explores Unseen Work of the Iconic Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

The show runs from July 12 to November 27 at the Met Breuer. 

Courtesy the Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC (Lady on a Bus).

In the mid 1950s, Diane Arbus left her fashion photography business to pursue more intimate, unassuming portraiture. She'd eventually set her gaze on the marginalized -- circus performers, dwarfs, nudists, and trans people -- but before that, she hit the streets, snapping strangers she encountered every day: laughing children, bombshell receptionists, chic mothers in fur and pearls. This work, much of it never before published, has now been gathered in "Diane Arbus: In the Beginning," an exhibit at the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum's new space for contemporary artists. Arriving with it: a monograph of the same name (Yale University Press), with more than 100 images shot by Arbus between 1956 and 1962.

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