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Diane Arbus

  • Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It's what I've never seen before that I recognize.

  • ... I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.

  • My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.

  • You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw.

  • 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.

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

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Diane Tucker, ed., The Woman's Eye ()
  • 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.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • "Notes on the Nudist Camp," Magazine Work ()
  • It's impossible to get out of your own skin into somebody else's. ... Somebody else's tragedy is not your own.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Patricia Bosworth, Diane Arbus ()
  • Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Patricia Bosworth, Diane Arbus ()
  • We've all got an identity. You can't avoid it. It's what's left when you take everything else away.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Diane Arbus and Doon Arbus, Diane Arbus ()
  • The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • in Diane Arbus and Doon Arbus, Diane Arbus ()
  • The camera is a kind of license.

    • Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus, U.S. photographer

(1923 - 1971)

Full name: Diane Nemerov Arbus.