75 Reasons to Live: Jeffrey Fraenkel on Diane Arbus

Jeffrey Fraenkel opened his San Francisco photography gallery more than 30 years ago. On Diane Arbus, and A Young Brooklyn Family Going for a Sunday Outing, N.Y.C. (1966, printed ca. 1971): “I come back to her work because of what she tells me about what it’s like to be human.” Thanks so much, Jeffrey.

NEWS: We’ll be revisiting the 75 Reasons to Live talks on the big screen: tomorrow, January 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Join us!


Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last January, during SFMOMA’s three day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks—7.5 minutes or less!—on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it ‘manic splendor’—and it was. You can follow the 75 Reasons to Live talks as we post them by checking in here.

Comments (2)

  • Doesn’t it have a good deal to do with the zone of protection the photographer, through the deployment of their charisma, casts over the subjects? And then one must have the ‘taste’ to choose the shoot that is ‘best’. And so on.

  • This is a beautiful speech on this very highly interesting photographer. I really enjoyed the closing statement as well. I think how she photographs peoples ‘other’ sides like he spoke about is exactly what a real photographer should give people which is a photo of how they interpret something in a different way. Much like black and white photos draw our attention because we do not normally see in black and white, Arbus’ photos allow us to react in the same way towards her subjects and their sometimes hidden reality.

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