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'Young Couple on a Bench' by Diane Arbus (1965) | by Greatest Paka Photography
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'Young Couple on a Bench' by Diane Arbus (1965)

This Arbus photograph captures a young woman staring directly at the camera while the young man seated next to her looks away nonchalantly. They both have equally bleak expressions, which present visual ambiguity for the viewer. Although the photograph does not specifically belong to a series, it can easily be included with the numerous photographs that Diane Arbus took in Washington Square Park. Arbus also enjoyed taking portraits of couples: young couples, unmarried couples, and transvestite couples. Even though the couple in this photograph appears to be a man and a woman, their androgynous features make the viewer question whether or not it may be a trans-gendered couple.


This is a photograph from the original Arbus print now displayed, as part of the vast photographic collection owned by Andy Pilara, at 'Pier 24 Photography' on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California.

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Taken on June 4, 2012