Diane Arbus, ‘Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C.’, 1962, Phillips

“I would never choose a subject for what it means to me. I choose a subject and then what I feel about it, what it means, begins to unfold." Diane Arbus
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated and numbered 51/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

Aperture, Diane Arbus, 1972, n.p.
Arbus, Sussman, Philips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, pp. 104–05, contact sheet p. 164
Rosenheim, diane arbus: in the beginning, p. 257
Nemervo, Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov, p. 31
Galassi, American Photography 1890-1965 from The Museum of Modern Art, p. 243
Green, American Photography: A Critical History 1945 to the Present, p. 119
Kismaric, American Children: Photographs from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, p. 20

Imprimatur Gallery, Minneapolis

About Diane Arbus

American photographer Diane Arbus is famous for her poignant portraits of individuals on the margins of society, such as street people, transvestites, nudists, and carnival performers. Arbus’s work is highly controversial, eliciting in some viewers an overwhelming sense of compassion, while others find her images bizarre and disturbing. Her practice challenged established conventions dictating the distance between photographer and subject, resulting in the raw psychological intensity that characterizes her photographic portraiture.

American, 1923-1971, New York, New York