The photo of the boy in Central Park is one of her early 6 x 6 cm views. A contact sheet from this roll of 12 views has been inspected and testifies to the terrible method of the artist for obtaining situations out of the norms.
In the first views the boy poses complacently as if waiting for some congratulation. Towards the middle of the sequence a toy grenade appears in his hand (it will not be revealed if it was provided by Diane or by a non visible third party).
Diane annoys the boy up to exasperation. The gaze becomes furious and the mouth unpleasant. Forgetting the military symbol of the toy he threatens to throw it towards the photographer. She is a great artist : only the image of the final result will be used, the previous ones do not matter. Seen outside the context of its staging such an aggression promised by a child resembling all the other children is disturbing. It is a masterpiece of social photography.
A vintage silver print 30 x 30 cm signed and dated by Diane with the autograph title Exasperated boy with toy hand grenade was sold for $ 790K including premium by Christie's in their prestige curated auction Looking forward to the past on May 11, 2015.
On April 6 in New York, Christie's sells a silver print realized, titled and signed by Diane in 1963 in a similar format mounted on a 50 x 40 cm sheet, lot 12 estimated $ 400K.
SOLD for $ 510K including premium