The Cost of Diane Arbus’s Life on the Edge
She was perhaps the most radical photographer of the 20th century. A new biography and Met exhibit make clear just how much she had to give up to get there.
But Diane was growing dissatisfied. She dreamt up the concepts for their shoots — then spent her days handling the models, pinning their clothes in place, a role even Allan admitted was “demeaning.” Besides, she’d begun asking herself, what could she possibly learn by posing a person in borrowed clothes, inserting them as a human fill-in-the-blank into some art director’s fantasy?