Holland Cotter reviews “Diane Arbus: In the Beginning” at The Met Breuer

Boy stepping off the curb, 1957-58,

Diane Arbus, Boy stepping off the curb, N.Y.C., 1957-58. Credit: Diane Arbus / The Estate of Diane Arbus LLC

“…in the process of photographing unconventional, sometimes outre subjects, she was training herself to detect strangeness when it occurred in a lower key, in everyday life. She would stop people on a Lower East Side street or in a park, and talk to them, and start to shoot, capturing a wide range of postures and expressions. Back in the studio she would pick one image. Was it the true one? They were all true. She usually went with the one that conveyed the most dramatic, least absorbable sensation of difference.” —Holland Cotter

Read The New York Times’ art critic Holland Cotter’s full review of the exhibition, “Diane Arbus: In the Beginning,” now open at The Met Breuer. The exhibition runs until 27 November.