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Retired Man and His Wife at Home in a Nudist Camp One Morning, N.J., 1963

Diane Arbus

American, 1923-1971
Gelatin silver print
Image: 13 x 12-5/8 in. (33.0 x 32.1 cm); Paper: 19-7/8 x 16 in. (50.5 x 40.6 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase, Men's Committee Fund

Not on view

Diane Arbus is recognized for her unflinching, confrontational style. Although she began her career in the world of commercial fashion photography, in the early 1960s she began making portraits of the mentally handicapped, the homeless, and other marginalized people, in their day-to-day surroundings. In this work, the viewer catches a brief glimpse into the normally unseen lives of nudists. Far from shocking, the rotund woman and man, in their sunlit living room, comfortably gaze at the camera. Both individuals, nude except for their footwear, smile in the midst of their otherwise very ordinary living room.

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