Diane Arbus

Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, NYC, 1962.
The boy in this photograph, Colin Wood, claims that Arbus caught him at a moment of exasperation in this iconic shot. At the time that this photograph was taken, the subject’s famous tennis playing father, Sidney Wood, and his mother were going through a divorce – so their son felt lonely and was experiencing “a sense of being abandoned”. The scrawny child holds himself in a tense manner; his right hand clutching a toy hand grenade and his left clenched into a claw like position. This, combined with the disheveled clothes and manic expression on his young face communicates the frustration the boy held and, in his own words, the “want to connect” without knowing how.

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  1. Uma fotografia é um segredo sobre um segredo. Quanto mais ela te conta, menos tu sabes.
    Diane Arbus

    “Em todo o trabalho de Arbus os mais simples acontecimentos fotográficos incorporam algum tipo de literatura: enigmas, fábulas, lapsos freudianos, e a linguagem metafórica que pertence aos sonhos e aos pesadelos. Nenhuma fotografia, antes ou depois dela, fez do ato de olhar um exercício de tanta inteligência ao mostrar que olhar as coisas vulgares significa tornar-se responsável pelo que se vê”.
    Richard Avedon.

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