A Box of Ten Photographs: The Odyssey of Diane Arbus

  • The program features a panel discussion about Arbus, the magazine era, and A box of ten photographs. The panel is comprised of photographers who knew Arbus and other experts who have devoted decades to the study and understanding of her work. They respond to a selection of archival audio clips—including excerpts by Harold Hayes, Esquire editor from 1963 to 1973, Marvin Israel, Harper’s Bazaar art director from 1961 to 1963, recalling their interactions with Arbus, and artist Jasper Johns, who purchased A box of ten photographs from her.

    Panel Participants:

    • John Jacob, McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, SAAM
    • Jeffrey Fraenkel, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    • John Gossage, photographer, Washington, DC
    • Karan Rinaldo, Collections Specialist, The Diane Arbus Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    • Jeff L. Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    • Neil Selkirk, photographer, New York, NY

    Panel Participants by edited, pre-recorded audio:

    • Harold Hayes, editor, Esquire (1926 – 1989)
    • Marvin Israel, art director, Harper’s Bazaar (1924 – 1984)
    • Jasper Johns, artist, owner of A box of ten photographs

    Panel Contributors:

    • The Estate of Diane Arbus
    • Peter Bunnell, photography historian
    • Stephen A. Frank, photographer
    • Bill Katz, designer
    • Jean-Claude Lemagny, Bibliothèque nationale de France
    • Maureen Pskowski, Jasper Johns Studio
    • Fraenkel Gallery
    • Pier 24 Photography
    • The Diane Arbus Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Special Thanks:

    • The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
    • Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
    • RayKo Photo
    • The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund
    • The Trellis Fund
    • Robin Wright and Ian Reeves

    All photographs and texts by Diane Arbus, copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus