Video Inspiration: Diane Arbus

I’ve never taken a photograph I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse. — Diane Arbus


Masters of Photography – Diane Arbus
1972 Documentary produced the year after her suicide
Duration: 29 minutes 25 seconds

From the video:

I think the camera is something of a nuisance in a way. It’s recalcitrant. It’s determined to do one thing and you may want it to do something else. You have to fuse what you want and what the camera wants. It’s like a horse… You get to learn what it will do. I’ve worked with a couple of them. One will be terrific in certain situations or I can make it be terrific. Another will be very dumb, but sometimes I kind of like that dumbness. It’ll do, you know. (19:24)

The Artist at Work: Contact Sheet

Diane Arbus’ contact sheet including Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park. New York City (1962)

Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park. New York City (1962)

Cameras used by Diane Arbus: (not an exhaustive list)

  • 35mm Leica Rangefinder
  • Rolleiflex F 3.5 with Zeiss Planar 75mm f/3.5
  • Mamiya C33 with a flash
  • Pentax

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