An Institution, New York State;
Christie's, New York, October 6, 1998, lot 303
THE COLLECTION OF WOLFFE NADOOLMAN
This collection started by accident. A photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a baby being examined by doctors would, I thought, look good in the pediatric office I hoped to have. I bought it with that in mind. Soon, I came across another photograph of a child that would look good in my eventual office, and then another. By the time the first hundred photographs had been acquired, it was clear that my little office couldn't hold the collection.
The single focus of the collection, children, helped me realize what qualities I appreciated most in a photograph. As the collection evolved, so did my preferences. The innate appeal of every child gradually became less important than who the child was as an individual. Passive capture of candid moments mostly had reduced appeal. Child subjects who are self-assured, in command of their circumstances, have the greatest interest for me. Such photos show children as complete people, ready to take on the photographer -- or the world. (Wolffe Nadoolman)
Diane Arbus, Aperture, 1972, n.p.; Diane Arbus Revelations, Random House, 2003, p. 37