Diane Arbus, ‘Marvin Israel’, 1960s, Phillips

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Marvin Israel championed Diane Arbus acting as a mentor, colleague, and friend. On her work, he once commented, “she was entranced by differences, the minute variations. That from the beginning nothing, no two rooms, no two beds, no two bodies or any parts of them were ever the same. Finding those differences thrilled her, from the most glaring ones like a giant to the smallest ones that just barely make someone unique.”

Notably, Israel worked closely with Arbus on the development of A Box of Ten Photographs, coming up with the then innovative design of a Plexiglas box that could act as either a case or a frame for any of the prints to be displayed.

Israel also preceded Ruth Ansel at Harper’s Bazaar, serving as Art Director from 1961-1963.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Stamped 'a diane arbus print', signed by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

The American Art Scene', Harper's Bazaar, January 1965, p. 82

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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