January 03, 2011

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.


Comments (2)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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