Arbus' photos have always seemed exploitative to me. They show people with physical problems
by displaying ONLY the aspect of them that others found odd. She seemed to stay away from their
humanity, emphasizing mainly their bizarreness to others. The direct gaze might have said,
"Here I am, as I am" but only that one aspect of them. It's more the way Barnum & Bailey
made their money, with lots of people gazing at their unfortunate aspects. I saw several people
exchanging amusement at some of the photos. They're of course effective photos though.