Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dr. Sidney Freedman is dead

It's odd that I mentioned the possible influence of this actor's work on my career choice in a blog post less than 2 weeks ago and now he's dead. Carl Jung might make something of that but I'm not really tempted. If I happen to mention you or someone you love in a blog post, I think you will probably be okay.

From the New York Times obituary:
Allan Franklin Arbus was born in New York City on Feb. 15, 1918. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School and entered City College at 15. He left college a year and a half later for a job at Russek’s Department Store, where he met Diane Nemerov, the daughter of the store’s owners.
They married in 1941 and became passionate about photography. They shot fashion photographs for Russek’s before Mr. Arbus left to serve as a photographer in the Army Signal Corps in Burma during World War II. When he was discharged in 1946 the Arbuses established a studio on West 54th Street for fashion photography and soon won a contract from Cond√© Nast to supply photos for magazines like Glamour and Vogue. 
In 1956, Ms. Arbus dissolved their business partnership to work full time on her haunting shots of marginalized people. Mr. Arbus continued to work in fashion photography but also took up acting.
The Arbuses separated in 1959 and divorced in 1969, when Mr. Arbus moved to Los Angeles. Ms. Arbus committed suicide in 1971.
I use this photo made by his ex-wife, Diane Arbus, in a presentation I give on Twin Research. I never knew the connection between her and the actor who played Dr. Sidney Freedman. Nor did I know that she died by suicide. I do recommend that you check out her "haunting shots of marginalized people."

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