If there was one book in my photography book collection that I would grab first in the event of a fire this would be it !
Diane Arbus – Revelations
The Question of Belief by Sandra S Philips
The following extracts are quoted in Diane Arbus – Revelations the Essay by Sandra S Philips. Some are quotes from Arbus’ own writings and some are quotes from the Author.
Arbus: “For me the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated.”
Arbus: There’s a kind of magic power thing about the camera. You’re carrying some slight magic which does something to (the subject).
Sandra S Philips: On Winogrand and Friedlander – “The street work of Winogrand and Friedlander is less obviously composed than her photography. Their photographs often play upon happenstance and the irony of finding what strange and marvellous conjunctions occur within the frame”
Arbus: “Everybody has this thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that’s what people observe. You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. Our whole guise is like giving a sign to the world to think of us in a certain way, but there’s a point between what you want people to know about you and what you can’t help people knowing about you. And that has to do with what I’ve always called the gap between intention and effect”
Arbus: ” A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know”