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Diane Arbus, born Diane Nemerov, was a photographer born in New York City on March 14,1923. Born into a wealthy Jewish family during the Great Depression, she was able to avoid most of the negative effects of the depression. After World War Two ended in 1946, Arbus began her career as a commercial photographer. She took the head role as the art director, while her then husband Allan was the photographer. Arbus continued to work as the art director for her business until 1956. In 1956 she decided to quit her business, stating that she no longer wanted to continue managing her business. However, Arbus did not lose her passion for photography. She continued to follow her passion for the rest of her life, and in 1963 even awarded the “Guggenheim Fellowship” award. Arbus’ first major exhibition came in 1967, when her work was presented at a show called “New Documents”, an exhibition meant to showcase a new era of photography. In 1959, Arbus’ separated from her husband Allan, and in 1969, formally divorced him. After her separation in 1959 from Allan, she took interest in another man named Marvin Israel. However, Marvin expressed dedication to his wife, and the pair could never start an official relationship.

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Arbus’ work focused primarily on people that faced prejudices in society- dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, and circus performers. Throughout her life, Arbus struggled with depression that worsened from symptoms of Hepatitis.  Arbus’ career ended abruptly when she took her life on July 26, 1971 in New York City. A note titled “The Last Supper” was found in her diary describing her reasons for taking her life and details of her final days on earth. Her ashes in Ferncliff Cemetery in New York. Close friends of Arbus described how if Arbus could not find happiness in her work, then there was no hope of saving her. After her death, her daughter Doon assumed the responsibility of Arbus’ work.