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T+L Reports: America The Beautiful

Though their subject matter is unorthodox, Diane Arbus's photographs of grotesques, outsiders, and ordinary folks in oddball moments are among the most iconic in the American canon. Since her suicide in 1971 and her vastly popular and influential retrospective the following year, Arbus has become an emblem of the photographer as adventurer and exorcist. On October 25, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents "Diane Arbus Revelations," a broad new look at Arbus's place in the history of her medium. The curators have done a heroic job, sifting through the photographer's letters, notebooks, prints, and contact sheets; even a few of her cameras will be on display. Arbus's first retrospective in 31 years, this show presents a fresh take on a photographer whose legend has only grown with time (through February 8).
—Jim Lewis

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