05/02/2011 - 09/04/2011

Aberdeen Art Gallery will present a major selection from the comprehensive holdings of Diane Arbus's work held in the ARTIST ROOMS collection.

Arbus, who was born in New York in 1923, is considered one of the great figures of American photography. She pioneered the photographic approach that bridges the gap between documentary and fine art, exploring through her work the extraordinary variety that can be found in the lives, emotions and appearances of people. Through her commitment 'to photograph everybody', she often chose those whose situation or choices in life kept them on the margins of society. With such people she built up relationships of trust to create portraits of astonishing intimacy. Her bold, direct style has been praised as a 'celebration of things as they are'.

Diane Arbus, Burlesque Comedienne in her Dressing Room, Atlantic City, N.J. 1963
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ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund 2008.