Diane Arbus’s photography – She snapped it like she saw it

economist.com – by V.B. – Toronto

“Diane Arbus: A Printed Retrospective,” brings together 75 of Arbus’s photographs for newspapers and magazines, presented in their original layouts. In these yellowing photo-spreads we can see the evolution of her aesthetic. Displayed alongside them are portraits that editors vetoed for being “so condemning,” in the words of Harold Hayes, editor of Esquire from 1963 to 1973. This exhibition makes the case that there was hardly a distinction between Arbus’s commissioned work and her independent artistic projects.