Iane Arbus, photography of the everyday or pictures for the freak show?

Aims
1. To apply theoretical and analytical approaches to specific cultural processes.
2. To critically explore theoretical positions and methodological issues and contexts.
3. To develop the ability to research and interpret information in order to structure and communicate ideas.

Learning Outcomes
1. An ability to apply theoretical and analytical approaches to specific cultural processes.
2. An awareness of theoretical positions and methodological issues and contexts.
3. An ability to research, interpret, structure and communicate ideas and information effectively.

This essay looks at the work of Diane Arbus, reflecting on some of her work and exploring the ideas behind them. Her Suicide in 1971 has left a very two sided views on Arbus s work, some saying her images are shocking and inaproent. But are they just photographs of everyday life? Or are they just merely photographs for the freak circus catalogue? Investigating into her work and trying to idenfiy the facts and theory s will help give better understanding to her work. There must not be a firm conclusion, are there is not enough proof why diane arbus did these photography, only she can say, but sadly is no longer here to say. Her photographs speak to the conflict artists frequently confront: the self, alone in a world of others. Outside of the mainstream is where we increasingly find our most interesting artists working. Many people think she committed suicide because she couldnt bear the ugliness she saw in the world she photographed. This is probably not the reason as although what artists is deeply part of who they are, professional joys are very separate from private agonies
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