Diane Arbus (1923 - 1971)

Diane Arbus is one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century, an influential figure whose compellingly honest style of photography paved the way for the work of contemporary photographers and artists.

ARTIST ROOMS comprises of 69 black-and-white photographs from across Arbus’s career, including both her earliest work in 35mm and her characteristic square-format images, and ranging from her best-known portraits to rarely-seen images.


Title Accession No.
Fire Eater at a Carnival, Palisades Park, N.J. 1956 AR00517
42nd Street Movie Theater Audience, N.Y.C 1958 AR00518
Fat Girl Yawning AR00567
Clouds on Screen at a Drive-In, N.J. AR00568
Child Teasing Another, NYC AR00569
Siamese Twins in a Carnival Tent, N.J. 1961 AR00519
Nancy Bellamy’s Bedroom, N.Y.C. 1961 AR00520
Two Female Impersonators Backstage, N.Y.C 1961 AR00521
Jack Dracula, the Marked Man, N.Y.C. AR00570
Headless Woman N.Y.C. AR00571
Headless Man N.Y.C. AR00572
The Backwards Man in his Hotel Room N.Y.C. AR00573
A House on a Hill, Hollywood, Cal. 1962 AR00516
The Human Pincushion, Ronald C. Harrison, N.J. 1962 AR00522
Three Boys at a Baseball Game in Central Park, N.Y.C
Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962 AR00524
Retired Man and his Wife at Home in a Nudist Camp One Morning, N.J. 1963 AR00510
Xmas Tree in a Living Room, in Levittown 1963 AR00515
Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C 1963 AR00525
A Young Waitress at a Nudist Camp, N.J. 1963 AR00526
A Husband and Wife in the Woods at a Nudist Camp, N.J. 1963
Burlesque Comedienne in her Dressing Room,  Atlantic City, N.J. 1963 AR00528
Russian Midget Friends in a Living Room  on 100th Street, N.Y.C. 1963 AR00529
Jewish Couple Dancing, N.Y.C. 1963 AR00534
Santas at the Santa Claus School, Albion, N.Y. 1964 AR00530
A Flower Girl at a Wedding, Conn. 1964 AR00531
Lady Bartender at Home with a  Souvenir Dog, New Orleans. LA. 1964 AR00532
Bishop by the Sea, Santa Barbara, Cal. 1964 AR00533
Tattooed Lady with a Dog, Philadelphia, PA AR00574
Mrs. T. Charlton Henry in an Evening Gown,  Philadelphia, Pa. 1965 AR00535
Girl in a Watch Cap, N.Y.C. 1965
Young Man and His Pregnant Wife in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C 1965 AR00537
Woman with a Locket in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C. 1965 AR00538
Puerto Rican Women with a Beauty Mark, N.Y.C. 1965 AR00540
Two Friends at Home, N.Y.C. 1965 AR00545
Two Friends in the Park, N.Y.C. 1965 AR00546
A Young Man in Curlers at Home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966 AR00509
A Young Brooklyn Family going for a Sunday Outing, N.Y.C. 1966 AR00512
Woman in Rose Hat, N.Y.C. 1966
Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967 AR00506
Boy with a Straw Hat Waitling to March in Pro-War Parade, N.Y.C. 1967 AR00507
Patriotic Young Man with a Flag, N.Y.C. 1967 AR00541
A Child Crying, N.J. 1967 AR00542
Masked Man at a Ball, N.Y.C. 1967 AR00543
A Family on their Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, N.Y.C 1966 AR00513
Superstar at Home, N.Y.C. 1968 AR00544
Naked Man Being a Woman N.Y.C. 1968
A Very Young Baby, N.Y.C. 1968 AR00548
Topless Dancer in her Dressing Room, San Francisco, Cal. 1968 AR00549
Four People at a Gallery Opening, N.Y.C. 1968 AR00550
Girl Sitting on Her Bed with Her Shirt Off, N.Y.C. 1968 AR00551
Jorge Luis Borges in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1969 AR00552
Man at a Parade on Fifth Avenue, N.Y.C 1969 AR00553
Elderly Couple on a Park Bench, N.Y.C. 1969 AR00554
Five Children in a Common Room, N.J. 1969
A Jewish Giant at Home with his Parents in the Bronx, N.Y. 1970 AR00508
Mexican Dwarf in his Hotel Room, N.Y.C 1970 AR00511
The King and Queen of a Senior Citizens' Dance, N.Y.C 1970 AR00514
Albino Sword Swallower at a Carnival, Md. 1970 AR00555
Two Men Dancing at a Drag Ball, N.Y.C. 1970 AR00556
Tattooed Man at a Carnival, Md. 1970 AR00557
Woman in a Floppy Hat, N.Y.C. 1970 AR00558
Masked Woman in a Wheelchair, Pa. 1970 AR00560
Untitled (7) 1970-71 AR00561
Untitled (6) 1970-71 AR00562
Untitled (14) 1970-71 AR00563
Untitled (25) 1970-71 AR00564
Untitled (19) 1970-71 AR00565
Untitled (1) 1970-71 AR00566


Copyright permission has not yet been obtained to reproduce images of all works in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. All the above Arbus photographs are reproduced in the following monographs: Diane Arbus Revelations, Jonathan Cape, London, 2003; Diane Arbus, Aperture, New York, 1997 (2nd edition); Diane Arbus Magazine Work, Aperture, New York, 1984. These books are available from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library.