Diane Arbus: In the Beginning review – a genius who made every picture a story

Culture The Guardian

Hayward Gallery, London Arbus’s early works show a fully-formed photographer – from squalor to showbiz, she makes everyone exceptional Diane Arbus was everywhere in New York between 1956 and 1962. On the streets and in Central Park, on the subway, in movie theatres and diners, on Coney Island and in New Jersey homes, in grim apartments, in revue dressing rooms, at the circus and in the morgue. With her 35mm camera and her eye, her ability to confront, cajole and to seduce, her talent was as much one of gaining trust – or at least something more than tacit refusal – from her subjects. Diane …

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