Louisiana Lecture: The Eloquence of Diane Arbus and the wisdom in her photographs

NB! With a CPF Festival Pass you get 50% off on a ticket to Louisiana in the festival period 2-12 June.

Louisiana Lecture in English on Diane Arbus with British author and critic Geoff Dyer

The British author and critic Geoff Dyer, who is a great connoisseur of photography – and especially in the period when Diane Arbus worked – believes that one can rightly say that Arbus has added “new insight” to the world. Or, as he puts it, “a kind of wisdom that goes beyond what one might otherwise register.”

In this Lecture, Geoff Dyer will focus on how we can see this in Arbus’ images and how we should respond to it.

Geoff Dyer is the author of many books, including three about photography: ‘The Ongoing Moment’, ‘The Street Photography of Garry Winogrand’ and ‘See/Saw’.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science.  His new book, ‘The Last Days of Roger Federer’ comes out this summer.

19:30 in the Louisiana Concert Hall

Price: 20 DKK (does not include museum admission)

This lecture is in English.
The Museum closes at 10 pm.


NB! med en CPF billet får du 50% off på indgangen til Louisiana i festivalperioden 2-12 June.

Louisiana Lecture på engelsk om Diane Arbus af den engelske forfatter og kritiker Geoff Dyer

Den britiske forfatter og kritiker Geoff Dyer , der er en stor kender af fotografi – og særligt i den periode, hvor Diane Arbus virkede – mener, at man med rette kan sige, at Arbus har tilført verden “ny indsigt”. Eller, som han formulerer det, “en slags visdom, der rækker ud over, hvad man ellers kan registrere.”

I denne Lecture vil Geoff Dyer fokusere på, hvordan man kan aflæse dette i Arbus’ billeder, og hvordan vi egentlig skal reagere på det.

Geoff Dyer er forfatter til mange bøger herunder flere om fotografi: ‘The Ongoing Moment’, ‘The Street Photography of Garry Winograd’ og ‘See/Saw’. Dyer er Fellow på Royal Society of Literature og medlem af American Academy of Arts and Science. Hans seneste bog, ‘The Last Days of Roger Federer’ udkommer til sommer.

19:30 i Louisiana Koncertsal

Indgang til Louisiana Lecture 20 DKK (ikke inklusiv indgang)

Arrangementet foregår på engelsk.

Museet lukker kl. 22.

Louisiana Museum and Copenhagen Photo Festival collaborate

Photo credit: Diane Arbus poses for a rare portrait in the Automat at Sixth Avenue between 41st & 42nd Street in New York, New York circa 1968. (Photo by Roz Kelly/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Dansk tekst nedenfor

Copenhagen Photo Festival and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art are collaborating in connection with this year's photo festival in June. This means that anyone with a festival ticket can get a discount at the entrance to Louisiana during the festival period. The museum has also arranged a special tour of the current exhibition Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 only for Copenhagen Photo Festival guests free of charge. Festival guests are also invited to participate in the Louisiana Lecture on Diane Arbus with the British author Geoff Dyer. 

Copenhagen Photo festival guests can now look forward to a special benefit when they buy a ticket to this year's festival. This year, the ticket not only gives access to the many exhibitions, talks and events in the Festival Center on Refshaleøen. If you are a Festival Pass holder, you also get half price at the entrance to the beautiful art museum in Humlebæk north of Copenhagen during the festival period 2.-12. June. 

Take a special tour with Arbus

If you are interested in photography, the current exhibition is an absolute must. Until August, Louisiana Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 about the American photographer with the special eye for crooked existences and lop-sided perspectives. She was one of the crucial figures in the development of contemporary art photography, and on June 7, the museum invites you to an exclusive tour of the exhibition for 30 of the photo festival's guests. The museum is free upon presentation of a special festival ticket, which can be purchased via the link below.

Book your festival Pass tour ticket 

Louisiana also invited Copenhagen Photo Festival’s photo enthusiastic guests to join the Louisiana Lecture on Diane Arbus on June 8 at 19.30 with author and critic Geoff Dyer. Dyer has written several books on photography and will talk about Arbus' special ability to capture what you do not otherwise see in your photographs. The lecture is held in English, and you can register by sending an email to info@copenhagenphotofestival.com. There are only a few VIP tickets available, so do not hesitate to book your seat. 

Read more about Geoff Dyer's Louisiana Lecture

Read more about Diane Arbus and the exhibition


Louisiana og Copenhagen Photo Festival samarbejder

Copenhagen photo Festival og Louisiana har indgået et samarbejde i forbindelse med årets fotofestival i juni. Det betyder, at alle med en festivalbillet kan få rabat på indgangen til Louisiana. Museet har desuden  arrangeret en særomvisning i udstillingen Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 kun for Copenhagen Photo Festivals gæster samt inviteret interesserede til at deltage i en Louisiana Lecture om Arbus med den britiske forfatter Geoff Dyer. 

Copenhagen Photo festivals  gæster kan nu se frem til en særlig fordel, når de køber billet til årets festival. I år giver billetten ikke blot adgang til de mange udstillinger, talks og events i Festival Centrum på Refshaleøen. Man får også  halv pris på indgangen til det smukke kunstmuseum i Humlebæk nord for København i festivalperioden 2.-12. juni, hvis man kan fremvise en festivalbillet. 

Tag på særomvisning med Arbus

Interesserer man sig for fotografi er den aktuelle udstilling et must. Frem til august viser Louisiana Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 om den amerikanske fotograf med det særlige blik for de skæve eksistenser. Hun var en af de helt afgørende skikkelse for udviklingen af moderne kunstfotografi, og den 7. juni inviterer museet til en særomvisning i udstillingen for 30 af  fotofestivalens gæster. Omvisningen og entreen til museet er gratis mod forevisning af en særlig festivalbillet, som kan købes via linket herunder

Book din festival billet med omvisning

VIP-billetter til Louisiana Lecture om Arbus med Geoff Dyer

Louisiana har desuden stillet et antal VIP-billetter til rådighed til den britiske forfatter Geoff Dyers  Louisiana Lecture om Diane Arbus den 8. juni kl. 19.30. Dyer har skrevet flere bøger om fotografi og vil tale om Arbus’ særlig evne til at indfange det, man ellers ikke ser i sine fotografier. Foredraget afholdes på engelsk, og man kan tilmelde sig ved at sende en mail til info@copenhagenphotofestival.com. Der er kun få VIP-billetter til rådighed, så skynd dig at booke din billet. 

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Diane Arbus Photographs, 1956-1971

NB! With a CPF Festival Pass you get 50% off on a ticket to Louisiana in the festival period 2-12 June.

Louisiana presents the first large-scale retrospective in Scandinavia of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus. In a career that lasted little more than fifteen years, Arbus produced a body of work whose style and content have secured her a place as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The direct, even confrontational, gaze of the individuals in her photographs remains bracing to our eyes still today – provoking recognition, empathy and unease.


The striking black and white photographs of American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized portraiture, through their range of subjects and their style. Primarily made in and around New York City, Arbus selected her subjects – including couples, children, nudists, suburban families, circus performers, and celebrities, among others – for their singularity.

“I would like to photograph everybody,” she declared in a letter to a friend in 1960. Arbus aimed to describe, in vivid detail, a range of human difference, at a moment when visual culture strove instead to emphasize uniformity.


Highlighting her evolution as an artist over fifteen years, the exhibition 'Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971' features 150 photographs, drawn from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection and representing the full chronological arc of Arbus’s work.

From the early, intimate 35mm format prints to the sharply focused square format she embraced after 1962, these photographs allow us to trace the artist’s evolving vision as part of a changing social landscape. While early works reveal an artist gripped by the range of humanity and life as it unfolded on the street, the later works - created using a larger format - mark her emergence as a mature and compelling artist.

Born in 1923, Diane Arbus grew up in an affluent New York family that owned a department store on Fifth Avenue. At age 18 in 1941 she married Allan Arbus and for a decade the couple worked together – he as photographer, she as stylist, producing photographs for fashion magazines. Although she started making pictures for herself in the early 1940s, it was only in 1956, when she numbered a roll of film #1, that she began seriously pursuing the work for which she has come to be known.

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