DIANE ARBUS "3 FEMALE IMPERSONATORS" 1959
Diane Arbus(1923-1971) is one of the most influential and unique photographers of the 20th century.
While her career began in the fashion world, completing a significant amount of editorial images for (American) Vogue and Glamour, it is her years after she quits the commercial world (circa 1956) that are most significant.
Arbus studied early on with Berenice Abbott and more significantly and for a longer duration with Lisette Model. Her unique form of documentary photography, that emphasized individuals on the margins of society or immersed in special communities distinguished her work from her (male) contemporaries.
In the late 1950's Arbus photographed transvestites and female impersonators. These images, at the time were incredibly revealing and provocative. They display a curious balance of mystery and homage.
Arbus' work has influenced numerous photographers - notably Nan Goldin.
Today, every major museum collection of photography includes a Diane Arbus work.
In the spring of 2015, one of Diane Arbus' works sold for $785,000 at auction.
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"Three Female Impersonators in a Dressing Room, 1959"
Estate stamp verso
Printed by Neil Selkirk
From an edition of 75
14"H 11"W (photograph)
Framed with plexiglass
Provenance: Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles