Diane Arbus (1923-1971)


Double Exposure
A Moment With Diane Arbus Created A Lasting Impression
By David Segal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 12, 2005; Page C01

NEW YORK They remember none of it. Not the lady with the camera, arranging them by a wall at the Knights of Columbus hall in their home town of Roselle, N.J. Not the chocolate cake they had just finished, which is very faintly visible in the picture at the creases of their lips. The Wade sisters, as they were known before they each married, recall nothing about the day they gazed into the lens of Diane Arbus and became part of American photographic history. Unless you count the dresses.

“We still have them,” says Colleen.

“Our mother made them,” says Cathleen. “They look black in the photograph but they’re actually green.”


They were 7 years old in 1967, when Arbus found the girls at a Christmas party for local twins and triplets. Nobody is quite sure how Arbus heard about the gathering, but a few parents obliged when she asked their children to pose. Which is how the Wade sisters wound up on a sidewalk, standing close enough to seem joined at the shoulder, their expression a kind of spectral blank.

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5 thoughts on “Diane Arbus (1923-1971)

  1. This is a very interesting picture. I love the fact that it shows what photography was back in 1967 and what it is today. If you look closer to the first picture Their expressions almost look the same. Its like a final touch!

  2. I like Diane Arbus’s work because she shot portraits from a different perspective than most photographers. Her photos usually portrayed odd characters (“freaks” as she called them), or they portrayed the “average” person in a twisted or eerie manner, such as the twins above.

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