Diane Arbus

Two female impersonators backstage, N.Y.C. 1961

About this artwork

In this portrait, Arbus captures an intimate moment between two men at Club 82, a "female-impersonator’s club" in Lower Manhattan. Arbus was often very persistent in gaining access to the places and people she wanted to photograph and was given permission to photograph the performers in their most private area – the dressing room – and at their most vulnerable – without their costumes and full make-up. Her ability to gain the trust of her subjects is evident here in the relaxed pose of the men as she captures a moment that reveals their affection for each other.

  • title:
    Two female impersonators backstage, N.Y.C. 1961
  • accession number:
    AR00521
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  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • date created:
    1961
  • measurements:
    22.00 x 14.50 cm (framed: 48.50 x 38.30 x 2.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
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Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus