As part of the Met Breuer's inaugural season, a Diane Arbus exhibition features more than 100 images that position the photographer as one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on seven years, 1956 - 1962, representing a formative period of Arbus' genesis.
Photographer Janette Beckman began her career in the UK at the birth of punk, working for seminal magazines including The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands and musicians from The Clash to Boy George, as well as three Police album covers, including their first, released in 1978. Beckman later moved to New York to immortalize the emergence of hip hop, along the way capturing Debbie Harry and Keith Haring.
He goes only by the name Mr., a fitting alias suggesting an anonymous pervy older man. Indeed, Mr. is a Japanese artist whose cartoonish paintings and sculptures in bubblegum colors derive from Japan's otaku (or “geek”) subculture. As such, he shares the otaku obsession with anime and manga comic books, painting prepubescents lifting their skirts and flashing bits of underwear.
Bob Mizer began his photographic career in 1942, focusing on men as the objects of desire, mastering a sensual, campy style all his own. He gave equal attention to the muscular aesthetic of bodybuilders as the fresh-faced boy next door, creating a new male erotic ideal.
In the early 1960s, the dashing wildlife (and sometime fashion) photographer Peter Beard chucked his privileged upbringing for the plains, mountains, and jungles of Africa. Although his obsession with the continent, and its preservation, is perhaps most associated with his discovery of Iman in Nairobi, Beard's photos of African animals — usually collaged together and superimposed with hand-written prose and other marginalia — have nonetheless captured the popular imagination.
Juergen Teller had doggedly pursued his own vision of popular portraiture and fashion photography, becoming a cult figure himself. Straddling the intersection of fine art and commercial photography, he's consistently resisted the urge to idealize, romanticize or glamorize his subjects, revealing their imperfect perfection instead.
Antonio Lopez was hooked on fashion from an early age, creating drawings for his mother, a seamstress, and applying makeup on the mannequins his father produced. The world's most celebrated fashion illustrator, Lopez was working for Harper's Bazaar, British Vogue, and Interview, as well as Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni, and Chloé, before he was struck down by AIDS in 1987, aged 44.