Arbus, Diane Nemerov
1923 - Diane Arbus born on the 14th of March in New York, New York, U.S. Original name Diane Nemerov American photographer, best known for her compelling, often disturbing, portraits of people from the edges of society.
1941 - At age 18 she married Allan Arbus, an employee at her family's store. Before separating, they worked collaboratively, first taking photographs and creating advertisements for the store, then creating commercial fashion photography for Harper's Bazaar, Show, Esquire, Glamour, The New York Times, and Vogue.
1955 - 1957 - She met Lisette Model, an Austrian-born documentary photographer, and studied with her.
1960 - Esquire published her first photo-essay, in which she effectively juxtaposed privilege and squalour in New York City. Thereafter she made a living as a freelance photographer and photography instructor.
1963 - 1966 - She received Guggenheim Fellowships to be part of a project entitled “American Rites, Manners, and Customs.” During this period she mastered her technique of using a square format, which emphasizes the subject more than the photograph's composition.
1971 - She committed suicide, on the 26th of July in New York City.
1972 - A collection of her photos was published in connection with a successful, major exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. That same year her work was shown at the Venice Biennale, marking the first time that an American photographer received that distinction.
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