Ideas series : seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary

Kubicki, Kathy (2014) Ideas series : seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Photoworks,


A discussion of a single photograph: Diane Arbus, Xmas Tee in Levittown 1963. I have always been fascinated by the work of Diane Arbus. Following several visits to the groundbreaking show Revelations at the V&A, the UK’s first comprehensive survey of her life and work, Arbus’s original approach to photography confirmed for me that the power of her vision remains embedded in her photos. I was asked to respond to the question ‘what makes a good photograph’ in the run up to Christmas, and I immediately had in mind Arbus’s photo, Xmas tree in Living Room, Levittown L.I. 1963.

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