On This Day: Diane Arbus Dies July 26th, 1971.
When someone like Norman Mailer says, “giving a camera to [her] is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child” you can bet that person in question is no ordinary soul.
Diane Arbus is one of the most distinctive photographers of the 20th century, known for seeking out the weird and the wacky hidden amongst the mundane. The majority of her photography took place on the streets of mid-century New York, eventually landing her work in the much respected Museum of Modern Art.
Her rarified circle included other noted photographers such as Richard Avedon and Walker Evans, yet despite the glamor and success, Arbus tragically took her own life in 1971.
EDIT: The Village Voice’s original 1972 obituary for Arbus is below: