Boy with a straw hat waiting to march in a pro-war parade, N.Y.C.
Diane Arbus (American, New York 1923–1971 New York)
Gelatin silver print
50.8 x 40.8 cm (20 x 16 1/16 in.)
Gift of Maxime de la Falaise, 1974
Not on view
Arbus is one of the most influential portrait photographers of the last half-century. Her lacerating matter-of-fact pictures of the normal and the marginal in American society have forever altered our expectations of photographic portraits. Arbus refrained from any explicit social commentary (she photographed rallies for and against war), but this powerful image, made when the most intense protests about America's role in Vietnam were taking place, presents a disturbing image about children and war.
Inscription: Inscribed, dated, and signed in ink, verso along bottom edge: "Boy with straw hat button and flag in a prowar parade", "N.Y.C. 1967", "Diane Arbus"
Maxime de la Falaise
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Note that title published in Aperture monograph is: "Boy with a straw hat waiting to march in a pro-war parade, N.Y.C."