His first job was in Russek's Department Store, where he met his first wife, Diane Nemerov.
Former brother-in-law of poet laureate Howard Nemerov.
Father of photographer Amy Arbus and writer/art director Doon Arbus.
Attended DeWitt Clinton High School and City College in New York.
He had an advertising photography business with his first wife, Diane Arbus, in the 1950s. Based in New York City, they shot both local and national ad campaigns.