Lomography has a list of the Top Five Iconic Female Photographers. I had never heard of Julia Margaret Cameron before — you can check out some of her fantastic work here — but Diane Arbus, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, and Vivian Maier are all favorites of mine. Here’s a photograph from each:
T to B: The Olsen twins (photographer unknown), Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 by Diane Arbus, the Grady twins from The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. (via hysterical paroxysm)
Diane Arbus’ archives were recently gifted to the Met in NYC.
Unlike the belongings of artists who fade gradually from view, which are sometimes scattered, pilfered or lost, Arbus’s effects were in some ways frozen in time when she committed suicide at 48. Quickly her life began to acquire a cult status paralleling that of her photography.
One of the most popular contestants in the four-and-a-half-year run of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a neurological disorder considered a form of autism. There’s a profile of her in today’s New York Times.
The database at the modeling agency Ugly NY is worth a browse, both as a showcase of an array of unique faces and as an overview of the varied ways in which people who fall outside the normal idea of beauty represent themselves commercially.
The tumblelog Ugly has a brief but positive review of the film “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” (2006), a highly fictionalized story of the photographer Arbus, known for her portraits of people on the fringes of society. This trailer is enough to entice me.