Diane Arbus’s fame is partly to do with the fact that she took her own life in 1971, aged 48. The New York photographer had few exhibitions in her lifetime and all her books were published posthumously. Her subjects were often outsiders – circus freaks, transvestites and mental patients, for example – with an emphasis on deviants and anything abnormal.
An online auction of her work organised by Christie’s, including 40 of her best-known pictures as well as the image above, Woman at a Counter Smoking, NYC, 1962, runs until April 12. Estimates range from $4,000-$9,000.