Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. by Diane Arbus (1962)

The photograph titled “Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C.” was captured by artist Diane Arbus in the year 1962. It depicts a young boy standing on a path in Central Park, New York City, with a somewhat intense expression on his face. He is holding a toy hand grenade in his right hand, which is tightly clenched, while his left hand hangs awkwardly by his side. The boy is wearing a collared shirt with a pattern, shorts, and high socks, paired with sneakers. His hair is cropped short, and he appears to be in a moment of childhood play, though there is an unexpected edge to the image due to the nature of the toy in his hand and his gripping expression. The background shows a tranquil park setting with trees and a distant figure, offering a contrast to the fierce tension presented by the boy’s stance and facial expression.

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