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Diane Arbus's 1960sAuguries of Experience$
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Frederick Gross

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670116

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670116.001.0001

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Documentary Photography and the Positivist Social Gallery

Documentary Photography and the Positivist Social Gallery

(p.31) 1 Documentary Photography and the Positivist Social Gallery
Diane Arbus's 1960s

Frederick Gross

University of Minnesota Press

From its inception, photographic social-panorama portraiture was invested with positivist content that, despite aesthetic shifts, remained intact until the 1960s. Engaging in an extended flashback, this chapter traces the threads of positivist, typological discourse from the 1960s back to the early twentieth century to see how deeply ingrained such discourse had become. The analysis focuses upon Arbus’s relationship to the social-panorama portraits of Robert Frank, Lisette Model, Brassaï, Walker Evans, and August Sander. Historicized collectively, portraits by these photographers exemplify the transition of positivist content in photographic portraiture from the 1920s to the postwar period.

Keywords:   Diane Arbus, women photographers, positivism, social-panorama portraiture, Robert Frank, Lisette Model, Brassaï, Walker Evans, August Sander

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