Diane Arbus “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park”, New York City, 1962

Diane Arbus is an American photographer that revolutionized all the art she made. Arbus used bold subject matter and combined it with her photography to produce bodies of work that in some cases can be very shocking. The image “child with toy hand grenade in central park” is an image that embodies the awkwardness between childhood and violence in society. The image depicts a boy holding a toy grenade in the middle of central park making an expression that looks like he is bit of a maniac. The image became one of the most celebrated photograph in American history. This photograph is quite ironic because one of her critics Norman Mailer once said, “Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.”


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