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Amy Arbus: On the Street 1980-1990

By October 2, 2020October 5th, 2020Strictly Business Blog

Cross-posted from Elizabeth Avedon Journal.

“In 1980 when I started working for The Village Voice I didn’t think of myself as an artist, in part, because I was working for a newspaper. I also didn’t consider myself a journalist because I wasn’t covering the news. I was making photographic portraits for a style page called, ‘On the Street.’ My page ran every six weeks with the tagline, ‘There are eight million fashions in the Naked City and Amy Arbus is going to photograph all of them… a few at a time.’ It felt like a tremendous undertaking. After making these images for ten years, I realized that what I had created was a chronicle of a seminal time in New York City’s history.”


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