Diane Arbus at the V&A

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Finally after months of talking about it we made it to the Diane Arbus show at the V&A. It’s a really well thought out show with all the famous pieces as well as much of the early magazine work from magazines like Harper’s that I much prefer. Like Sylvia Plath, as a result of Arbus’s suicide, there’s a real temptation to see an overwhelming darkness in the pictures that I don’t think is actually there. She wouldn’t have been very pleased with this blurry one I can tell you. There’s a nice bit in one of her diaries where she talks about the group of students that she’s teaching and how almost all the work they produce bores her and she’s worried if she spends too much time around them she’ll catch their crapiness.

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