Photography, in the interpretation of Diane Arbus, has become an instrument of emancipation, freedom, rebellion.
Emancipation from the oppressive American way of life of the Fifties, where a woman of good family was obliges to dream only a house with a garden outside the city, a dog and a new son, forced to feel at ease while wearing an castigating role, metaphor of a society as rigid and not prone to real or metaphoric "unbuttoning".
The strong character of Diane appears inside her photographies, that enclose a deep affirmation of her perceiving herself as deformed and set free the power of her existence, as an individual / entity, independent being, beyond any particular biased and imposed form.
It is precisely this category of “deformed”, pointed at with the name of “freaks” , the field chosen by the American photographer – studied by her without any intent of judgment - in the world that surrounded her. From the more typical "circus phenomenon" to individuals affected by physical or mental diseases, or simply considered from the common schemes of society denigratingly "different" for some of their behaviors and attitudes, she decided to investigate to find and recognize herself.