To continue expanding on our types of art, its finally time to touch on photography.
Photography was developed in 1837 in Europe. It spread rapidly, making it to the U.S. by 1838.
It took on average 7 minutes to take a single photo. Nowadays we are at half of a second to take a good photo. Its wild to think about how much technology has developed.
Diane Arbus is one of the most recognized photographers in the 20th century. She produced the bulk of her work in the first half of the 1900s.
She was married to the actor, Allan Arbus, for about 25 years of her life. They lived in New York and thrived on the artistic opportunity the city had to offer.
What did she photograph?
While in the city, she picked up the art of photography. She is known for her subject matter. She photographed people who were considered to be lesser in society. This included dwarfs, giants, transvestites, etc.
Her work is defined as idiosyncratic, meaning that it is very individualized. She didn’t focus on groups or events but rather the different types of people that resided in NYC. She looked at people for their individual attributes. Her photographs dug into the depths of society.
Diane’s photographs are admirable in that they expose the parts of NYC that aren’t so picturesque. She puts the undesirables, if you will, in the spotlight. Exposing the weird makes them less marginalized given that she shows them in everyday life.
I think a lot of times people are afraid of what they don’t understand. Exposing the different types of lives that are existing in NYC, it makes the public more aware and potentially more comfortable when in the presence of someone who doesn’t fit the cookie cutter standard that society holds for its people.
Is it really that weird to be a dwarf? Be a man and wear makeup? Be seven feet tall? How common is it for people to break away from the norm?