Diane Arbus, Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C, 1963, gelatin silver print
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Playing dress up? Yes and No. This teenage couple stands holding hands clad in their parents clothing. The clothing is all but swallowing them making them looking even younger than they already appear. It seems that the teens are trying to project themselves to look older than they are, but Arbus uses foreshortening and by doing this she makes their head larger than their bodies, which in turns has the viewer further scrutinize them.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Diane Arbus took most of her pictures of people in pairs. In these pairs there would be “the typical person” and the “A type person” (or blatantly the normal person and the freak). However, these types won’t be as you expect them, she wants you to look for these two types of persons in her work. Some said that her work was exploitative (in reference to her series in a mental institution), even though Arbus established relationships with her subjects before she photographed them.
FROM THE MOUTH: “I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do- that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.“
SONG: Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)
Diane Arbus, Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, New York City, USA, 1963