Portraiture Research People Project 2



Diane Arbus is the most distinguished photographer of the 20th century. She was born in America in 1923, her parents were wealthy Jewish who were owners of a massive fur store. I was researching for pre 1950 photographer and I came across her biography which inspired me enough that I decided to write about her life and experience of photography for this project. She was quite daring but quite person. I like her pageboy cut and peter pan collars style, which shows her personality as a strong individual.


Diane Arbus got married in 1941 with Allan Arbus. The pair then started their career as fashion photographers for magazines from Vogue to Harper's Bazaar for nearly a decade. They were profiled as an adorable working couple, but Diane was growing dissatisfied she wasn't happy with her job she wanted to photograph natural emotion not directors fantasy models. she was done with the contained environment of the studio she needed to move out into the world and soon she did that by saying I can't do it any more, I am not going to do it anymore. She wanted to explore the world through her photography she wanted to know people's sad stories but she dint have the courage to go and ask them directly so she decided to photograph them and I can clearly see her each and every photograph tells a story.


Diane committed suicide in 1971, with her sudden death she became one of the best known American photographers in history and one of the most controversial. she photographed people on the street, cross dressers to drag performers to circus freaks. she photographed black and white images of outsiders. She photographed Jack Dracula 'The Marked Man'. She snapped Miss Makrina, the Russian dwarf in her home, sweeping up her kitchen, and the man who swallows razor blades, cradling a new born infant. Diane seduced intimate images out of so many unexpected subjects. there were men with all over tattoos and circus names, women who dressed as men. she photographed a Jewish giant visiting his parents in Bronx, middle aged folks in nothing but sandals at a new jersey nudist camp. She snapped a lot of twins and triplets in matching dress.


she gave a human dimension to extravagant individuals living on the fringe, while her photos of American families, children and socialites had an undeniably dark tenor, she flipped the social balance, as if the whole country had gone through the looking glass. her work is about age, the young straining to be adults and adults gripping the relics of their young selves



Steve McCurry was born in Philadelphia. He is recognized universally as one of today's finest image-makers, is best known for his evocative colour photography.. He is one of my most favourite photographers and I am quite inspired of his photography. I would love to replicate his work or go to those countries and photograph the naturally beautiful faces, emotions and colours


McCurry graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on life. He says he realized if you wait people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view. His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world as among the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise.


He is best known for his 1984 photograph "Afghan Girl" which originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. McCurry continued to cover armed conflicts, including the Iran-Iraq War, Lebanon Civil War, the Cambodian Civil War, the Islamic insurgency in the Philippines, the Gulf War and the Afghan Civil War. McCurry focused on the human consequences of war, intending to not only show what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face. “Most of his images are grounded in people. he looks for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. He try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition.


McCurry took his most recognized portrait, "Afghan Girl", in December 1984 of an approximately 12-year-old Pashtun orphan in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. The image itself was named as "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the National Geographic magazine, and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue. The photo has also been widely used on Amnesty International brochures, posters, and calendars. The identity of the "Afghan Girl" remained unknown for over 17 years until McCurry and a National Geographic team located the woman, Sharbat Gula, in 2002. McCurry said, “Her skin is weathered, there are wrinkles now, but she is as striking as she was all those years ago.”

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