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Photograph - A Box of Ten Photographs
  • A Box of Ten Photographs
    Arbus, Diane, born 1923 - died 1971
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A Box of Ten Photographs

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (City) (photographed)

  • Date:

    1972-74 (printed)
    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arbus, Diane, born 1923 - died 1971 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agfa paper, photography

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from The Photographers Gallery Limited, London in 1974.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Physical description

photographic print on Agfa paper

Place of Origin

New York (City) (photographed)


1972-74 (printed)
20th century (made)


Arbus, Diane, born 1923 - died 1971 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Agfa paper, photography

Marks and inscriptions

Marked with edition number


Height: 504 mm sheet, Width: 405 mm sheet, Height: 386 mm Image size, Width: 371 mm Image size

Descriptive line

'Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967', from the portfolio 'A Box of Ten', by Diane Arbus.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1974

Labels and date

Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text :

Diane Arbus (1923-71)
‘Identical Twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967’
from the portfolio A Box of Ten
1967, printed 1972-4

Arbus’s sitters often face the camera, implicitly aware
of their collaboration in the portrait-making process.
The stark and self-conscious encounter between
photographer and subject balances theatre and
reality and becomes a central drama of the picture.
She wrote: ‘We’ve all got an identity. You can’t avoid
it. It’s what’s left when you take everything else away.’

Gelatin silver print
Museum no. Circ.310-1974
[07 03 2014]

Production Note

One of ‘A Box of Ten Photographs’ by Diane Arbus, 1970. It was published after the photographer’s death by her daughter Doon Arbus and Neil Selkirk, who printed for her during her lifetime. All the prints are marked on the reverse with three stamps, and with the edition number 18/50, the title and the signature of Doon Arbus in ink. All the photographs are square format, printed in black and white on Agfa paper. The titles given here are those printed in facsimile manuscript on the overlay sheet protecting each print in the portfolio. They are Diane Arbus’s own titles. [Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1974 ]


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