Alexander Nemerov, the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art, Yale University.
The poet Howard Nemerov and his sister, the photographer Diane Arbus, were very close, yet Nemerov did not care for his sister’s photographs. He did not write directly about them, he disliked her subject matter, and he did not believe that photography was an art. Even so, his poems abound in references to Arbus and her images. They do so because both the poet and photographer, brother and sister, shared a way of looking at the world and a sense of the creative person’s place within it. This lecture by Alexander Nemerov explores some of the many unexpected connections between Nemerov’s poetry and Arbus’s photography.