Saturday, October 4, 2008

steal and exploit

Diane Arbus [1923-1971] spoke openly about photography's power both to steal and exploit other people's faces and lives. Her divorced husband, Allan Arbus, played psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H.

"Her work was the work of somebody who wanted to be anybody but herself. She was trying on everybody else's skin. The degree of empathy was so rare because she so desperately didn't want to be herself."
- Nan Goldin [born 1953]

Arbus committed suicide.