My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. A Fresh Look at Diane Arbus

— Diane Arbus

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A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

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The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories

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I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.

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Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.

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Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience.

Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.

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I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.

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I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do -- that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.

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I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.

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I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice.

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The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.

The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

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I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.

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About Diane Arbus

Quotes 68 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Photographer
Birthday March 14, 1923

There's a quality of legend about freaks.

Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle.

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For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.

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Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

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The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.

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Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe.

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One of the risks of appearing in public is the likelihood of being photographed.

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I don't know what good composition is.

... Sometimes for me composition has to do with a certain brightness or a certain coming to restness and other times it has to do with funny mistakes. There's a kind of rightness and wrongness and sometimes I like rightness and sometimes I like wrongness.

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Nothing is ever the same as they said it was.

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We stand on a precipice, then before a chasm, and as we wait it becomes higher, wider, deeper, but I am crazy enough to think it doesn't matter which way we leap because when we leap we will have learned to fly. Is that blasphemy or faith?

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If you scrutinize reality closely enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.

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Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot.

It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me. I just used to adore them. I still do adore some of them. I don't quite mean they're my best friends but they made me feel a mixture of shame and awe.

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If I didn't have a camera, the things I do would be crazy.

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Nudists are fond of saying that when you come right down to it everyone is alike, and, again, that when you come right down to it everyone is different.

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I mean, if you've ever spoken to someone with two heads, you know they know something you don't.

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What I'm trying to describe is that it's impossible to get out of your skin into somebody else's.... That somebody else's tragedy is not the same as your own.

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The discouragement masquerades as the impossibility.

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These are characters in a fairy tale for grown-ups. Wouldn't it be lovely? Yes.

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The camera is a kind of license.

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What moves me about...what's called technique...is that it comes from some mysterious deep place. I mean it can have something to do with the paper and the developer and all that stuff, but it comes mostly from some very deep choices somebody has made that take a long time and keep haunting them.

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It would be beautiful to photograph the winners of everything from Nobel to booby prize, clutching trophy, or money or certificate, solemn or smiling or tear stained or bloody, on the precarious pinnacle of the human landscape.

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Everything is so superb and breathtaking.

I am creeping forward on my belly like they do in war movies.

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Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience.

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There's a quality of legend about freaks.

Like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.

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I think the most beautiful inventions are the ones you don't think of.

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Shoot for the secrets, develop for the surprises

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Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe. You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. It's just extraordinary that we should have been given these peculiarities. Something is ironic in the world and it has to do with the fact that what you intend never comes out like you intend it.

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I think it does, a little, hurt to be photographed.

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It's always seemed to me that photography tends to deal with facts whereas film tends to deal with fiction.

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It's important to take bad pictures. It's the bad ones that have to do with what you've never done before. They can make you recognize something you hadn't seen in a way that will make you recognize it when you see it again.

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Photography was a license to go wherever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.

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One thing I would never photograph is a dog lying in the mud.

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The camera is cruel, so I try to be as good as I can to make things even.

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It gets to seem as if way back in the Garden of Eden after the Fall, Adam and Eve had begged the Lord to forgive them and He, in his boundless exasperation, had said, All right, then. Stay. Stay in the Garden. Get civilized. Procreate. Muck it up. And they did.

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I'm very little drawn to photographing people that are known or even subjects that are known. They fascinate me when I've barely heard of them.

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There's a kind of power thing about the camera.

I mean everyone knows you've got some edge. You're carrying some magic which does something to them. It fixes them in a way.

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And the revelation was a little like what saints receive on mountains - a further chapter in the history of the mystery.

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One thing that struck me early is that you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out. Or, vice versa, what comes out is not what you put in.

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