Sunday, May 22, 2005

Diane Arbus at the Met

Two Ladies at the Automat, 1966. Diane Arbus. What's immediately shocking about this exhibit is how familiar these images are. And the curators know this. The first dozen images or so are her most famous. Things go more chronologically otherwise. The earlier photos--such as this one here in NY, and others on benches, in parks, and cafes, are much more to my liking than the later work which is, well, it seems a little exploitative. What was it she wanted to say with them?

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