tandards of beauty vary from culture to culture, race to race, and decade to decade. I guess Plato was right when he said ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ Everyone has their own idea of whats attractive. Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was no exception. Well, she actually took her idea of beauty to an extreme. Diane was intrigued by the outcasts in society, those that people shun or stare at because of their awkwardness. She found these individuals beautiful in their own way and chose to dedicate her photography to capturing them in everyday life. No studio. No makeup. No photoshop.
In the midst of the Great Depression, most Americans were pinching pennies and gathering crumbs to stay above water. Not Diane and David Nemerov. The Jewish couple lived in New York City and damn did they live good. The pair owned Russek’s, a high end department store on Fifth Avenue. The money made from the retail store is what bought their daughter, Diane, the platinum spoon that was attached to her mouth at birth. When most were at their lowest, Diane studied at the swanky Fieldston School for Ethical Culture. Doesn’t that just sound like a snooty prep school that costs an arm, a leg, and a crotch to attend? Read the full story