Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

Bringing together over 100 photographs from this formative period, many on display for the first time, "diane arbus: in the beginning" offers fresh insights into the distinctive vision of this iconic American photographer.
, 'The Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C.,' 1961, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

The Backwards Man in his hotel room, N.Y.C., 1961

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn.,' 1961, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn., 1961

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Kid in a hooded jacket aiming a gun, N.Y.C.,' 1957, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Kid in a hooded jacket aiming a gun, N.Y.C., 1957

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Elderly woman whispering to her dinner partner, Grand Opera Ball, N.Y.C.,' 1959, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Elderly woman whispering to her dinner partner, Grand Opera Ball, N.Y.C., 1959

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Girl with a pointy hood and white schoolbag at the curb, N.Y.C. ,' 1957, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Girl with a pointy hood and white schoolbag at the curb, N.Y.C. , 1957

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Female impersonator holding long gloves, Hempstead, L.I.,' 1959, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Female impersonator holding long gloves, Hempstead, L.I., 1959

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Boy stepping off the curb, N.Y.C. ,' 1957-1958, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Boy stepping off the curb, N.Y.C. , 1957-1958

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Woman with white gloves and a pocket book, N.Y.C. ,' 1956, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Woman with white gloves and a pocket book, N.Y.C. , 1956

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Woman on the street with her eyes closed, N.Y.C.,' 1956, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Woman on the street with her eyes closed, N.Y.C., 1956

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Stripper with bare breasts sitting in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J.,' 1961, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Stripper with bare breasts sitting in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J., 1961

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Lady on a bus, N.Y.C.,' 1957, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Lady on a bus, N.Y.C., 1957

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Man in hat, trunks, socks and shoes, Coney Island, N.Y. ,' 1960, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Man in hat, trunks, socks and shoes, Coney Island, N.Y. , 1960

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C.,' 1956, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C., 1956

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco

, 'Fire Eater at a carnival, Palisades Park, N.J.,' 1957, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Diane Arbus

Fire Eater at a carnival, Palisades Park, N.J., 1957

"diane arbus: in the beginning" at SFMOMA, San Francisco