YOKI ATTITUDES SUGGESTS: Tate Gallery at the Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus  16 May 2011  -  31 March 2012 Exhibition HoursSunday to Thursday, 10.00-18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00-22.00.

Diane Arbus's work explores the extraordinary variety that can be found in the lives, emotions and appearances of people, while maintaining a rigorous adherence to the formal language of black and white photography.

Arbus's sophisticated approach to everyday subjects bridges the gap between documentary photography and fine art. In the late 1950s she studied with the Austrian-born photographer Lisette Model, whose tough and unconventional perspective on the everyday was taken by Arbus in bold new directions.

Through her commitment 'to photograph everybody', she often chose those whose situation or choices in life kept them on the margins of society. She built up relationships of trust with her subjects to create portraits of astonishing intimacy. Over the course of her career Arbus produced a remarkable body of work, wide-ranging in its content, but always consistent in its powerful and direct style. Upon her inclusion in the landmark photographic exhibition New Documents in 1967, Arbus was aptly described as 'not aiming to reform life, but to know it'.

This substantial display is drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art, which is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. It includes a rare vintage set of A Box of Ten Photographs, a group of ten works selected and printed by Arbus as her definitive portfolio during her lifetime. Also included is the controversial series Untitled 1970-71, and a unique early work, Self-portrait pregnant N.Y.C, which was taken in 1945 at the very beginning of Arbus's photographic career.

Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was born in New York City, where she lived and worked.