jeudi 9 février 2012

Diane Arbus, Lady Bartender at Home with a Souvenir dog

Among the photos of the exhibition, there is a pretty funny one. It's divided into two parts; on the right side, there is a woman with a huge topknot. She's not seated properly, as if she were an animal. On the other side, you can see a souvenir dog- she wanted to pay tribute to her dog who died. When I saw this photo, it immediately reminded me of a quote which says that sometimes, " a dog is his masters' look alike". The woman's hairdress is exactly like the dog's fur- heavy and blond. The mirror in the background recalls their similarity.
If Arbus were here, I would ask her what she wanted to show through this photo - perhaps her aim was to represent how important an animal can be for a human, to such an extent that they tend to be similar? Arbus' work generates meditation, which is pretty interesting.


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