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Diane Arbus snippet
Her first name is pronounced "dee-ANN."
Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 July 26, 1971) was an American photographer, noted for her portraits of people on the fringes of society.
Diane Nemerov was born in New York City into a wealthy Jewish family, in which she was overshadowed by her older brother, the poet Howard Nemerov. She attended The Fieldston School. She fell in love with future actor Allan Arbus at age 14, and married him soon after turning 18, despite her parents' objections. When Allan started training as a photographer for the US Army, he shared his lessons with Diane. As a husband-wife team, the Arbuses became successful in the fashion world: Allan was the photographer, Diane was the stylist. As Diane began to take her own photographs, she took formal lessons with Lisette Model at The New School in New York. Edward Steichen's noted photo exhibit, The Family of Man included a photograph credited to the couple. Together the Arbuses had two daughters, photographer Amy Arbus and writer Doon.