|Diane Arbus snippet
|Her first name is pronounced "dee-ANN."
|Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an
American photographer, noted for her portraits of people on the fringes of
|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.