Diane Arbus took after her mother’s depression, but her photography talent was all her own. After starting a successful fashion photography business with her husband, Diane struck off on her own to take the pictures she really wanted: those of “freaks.” Circus performers, multiples, the intellectually disabled- she saw beauty and bravery in them and wanted to record it. But not everyone saw her photos that way. She was called an artistic vampire, a voyeur, and seen as mocking her subjects. Despite this, and her terrible depression, Diane managed to become one of the most successful photographers in history.

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