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Diane Arbus: In the beginning

What

Museums & Galleries

Where

Hayward Gallery

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

Dates: to 6 May

Tickets: £14 adults, £6.75 ages 12-16, U12s free. 

Initially the most marked feature of the Hayward's exhibition of Diane Arbus' early work is that each black and white photograph is hung on its own column. 

The effect is brilliant. This is 50s' NYC and younger children will love peering round the 'buildings' and blocks. There is a sense of isolation and structure that allows each portrait to speak directly while forming part of a very architectural landscape. Older children (and anyone with an interest in portrait photography) will be wowed.

Dive into a forest of photos of odd balls and eccentrics; circus and cabaret performers; film stars and drag queens.  There are fat people, thin people, short people, tall people (the 'jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx' is memorable), old people and young people (notably, lots of young children).  Some are not for the faint-hearted: the old woman near death on her bed or the 'human pin cushion', for instance. But it's hard not to stop and wonder about the stories behind all these faces.

To be seen in conjunction with McCullin at the Tate and Martin Parr at NPG. A surfeit of riches in photos this spring!

Dates: to 6 May

Tickets: £14 adults, £6.75 ages 12-16, U12s free. 

Address:

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

Venue phone:

20 7960 4200

How to get there:

Nearest Tube Waterloo & Embankment

Venue website:

southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery

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