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paintnothing May 26, 2004 5:34 AM

Hey all. I was wondering if anyone recognised the character in this shot:

It's a piece of stencil graffiti on a wall in Oxford, and somone informs me it's a picture of someone from a famous photograph but neither of us knows who it's by. Leave a comment on my site if you know the answer.

Nagasaki May 27, 2004 5:13 AM

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I knew I'd seen the image before but I was stunned when I found this in an old copy of Practical Photography which I was browsing before binning.

The caption reads

"Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York City, by Diane Arbus, 1962.

Arbus specialised in simple yet powerful images of everyday people. Some of her subjects were scary. But others, like this stupid kid, were just annoying.

Arbus committed suicide in 1971.

Quite what it's doing on a wall in Oxford, who can say?

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