It's common knowledge now that Arbus spent her formative years in the photo business with her husband Allan Arbus, and that the two led a moderately successful fashion photography enterprise. Rarely behind the camera, the young Mrs. Arbus acted as art director, styling and conceptualizing shoots on contract for Esquire and Harper's Bazaar, among others. But she found the work artificial on all fronts, and when she did eventually pick up a camera, she found authenticity in imperfection. The exchange between subject and photographer that was so important to her, and that the world of fashion photography lacked, she found on the streets of New York. She trolled drag shows and dive bars, movie theaters and wax museums, and became fascinated by circus performers and strange-looking children, which she would later immortalize in medium format. But as a fledgeling photographer, Arbus shot in 35mm, the chosen format of street photographers, though she captured something very different in those early rectangular frames than her contemporaries did.