Friday, February 3, 2012

Pictures at an Exhibition

I am happy to report that photographer Diane Arbus is alive and well and living in Paris.

At least her work is, and courtesy of the Jeu de Paume, I had the chance to see it yesterday.

Here is my review: She is a genius (ok, was a genius).  Her work is heart-rendingly beautiful.  And the exhibit itself is its own little piece of magic.

They literally had to push us out the door at the 9 p.m. closing time.

Here are some quotes by her:
"Every Difference is a Likeness too."

"A photograph is a secret about a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know."

"Nothing is ever the same as they say it was.  It's what I've never seen before that I recognize."
And just because I saw it there at the exhibit, I include this little couplet by William Blake:
"If the Sun or the Moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out."