For many of us black & white gelatin-silver street photographers who came of age during the modernist years of the late 20th century, Diane Arbus was a seminal figure. I read her biography 3 times while in college and another 2 times in graduate school. She defined a raw, emotional street portraiture emulated by scores of burgeoning artists, and I was one of them. Now, (as if the art gods had been listening to us all along), never before seen photographs are on display through the fall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Diane Arbus: In the Beginning focuses on the earliest part of her career 1956-1962. To find out more about the exhibit click here.