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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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“I Just Love Freaks”

“I Just Love Freaks”

Diane Arbus 1970

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(p.269) { 19 } “I Just Love Freaks”
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Feast of Excess
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George Cotkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0021

Dissatisfied with fashion photography, Diane Arbus was especially drawn to those considered outsiders. Her images of Eddie Carmel, the Jewish giant, and a mostly naked Mexican American midget have a quality of voyeurism that is tempered by Arbus’s identification with her subjects. In some cases, she got to know her subjects closely, to the point of sexual intimacy. Her photography was considered excessive in its attention to outsiders and critique of insiders. But the transgression, joined to her artistry, allowed her to become a success. Unfortunately, the excesses of her personal life overwhelmed her.

Keywords:   Diane Arbus, photography, sexuality

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