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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."

Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus (1972)

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

Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus (1972)

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

Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus (1972)

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

Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus (1972)

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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."

Diane Arbus, Diane Arbus (1972)

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"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 (1973)

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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."

Diane Arbus, "Notes on the Nudist Camp," Magazine Work (1984)

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"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 (1995)

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"Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding."

Diane Arbus, in Patricia Bosworth, Diane Arbus (1995)

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"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 (1997)

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"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 (1997)

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"The camera is a kind of license."

Diane Arbus

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Diane Arbus, U.S. photographer
(1923 - 1971)

Full name: Diane Nemerov Arbus.