Diane Arbus at Hayward Gallery in London

Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Hayward Gallery located in the Southbank Centre, presents a remarkable exhibition of photographs by the late American photographer Diane Arbus until 6th May. More than two-thirds of these photographs have never been seen before in the UK. “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” She famously said and this exhibition proves that she’s been everywhere in the Big Apple.

Titled Diane Arbus: in the beginning, the exhibition closely examines the development of her raw, psychological and direct style through a well curated presentation of individual “display pillars” which allows visitors to freely circulate around the 35 mm photographs she took in all sorts of environments in NY: from dirty streets, public transports to dirty strip clubs and shabby flats.

More than 100 photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist, drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, showcase drag queens, members of the LGBTQ+ community, opulent old ladies, and funny children.

The last impressive room in the show includes iconic works such as Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967 and Child with toy hand grenade in Central Park, New York City 1962. A must-see.

Image: Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, NYC, 1956 by Diane Arbus. Photograph: The Estate of Diane Arbus