ARTIST ROOMS Diane Arbus is a touring exhibition that brings together a remarkable body of work by the influential American photographer. Diane Arbus (1923–1971) was a pioneer of the social documentary form that blurred the line between art and reportage. Her profoundly original works record the astonishing variety of attitudes, emotions, and appearances to be found among the people around us.
The exhibition spans the breadth of Arbus’s career, beginning with early works from the mid–1950s taken with a 35mm camera, to the distinctive square format she adopted from 1962. A highlight in the exhibition is A box of ten photographs 1969–71, a rare portfolio of original prints which Arbus selected to represent who she was as an artist and how she saw her work in the world.
Shetland Museum and Archives is an award-winning multifunctional visitor attraction in the heart of Shetland’s capital town of Lerwick. The Museum and Archives is managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust, a small charity caring for Shetland's natural and cultural heritage. This is the trust's second collaboration with ARTIST ROOMS, following a presentation of Don McCullin in 2014.