Sunday, June 21, 2009


photographer: diane arbus

"freaks was a thing i photographed a lot," she wrote. "it was one of the first things i photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me. i just used to adore them. i still do adore some of them. i don't quite mean they're my best friends but they made me feel a mixture of shame and awe. there's a quality of legend about freaks. like a person in a fairy tale who stops you and demands that you answer a riddle. most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. freaks were born with their trauma. they've already passed their test in life. they're aristocrats."

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