Eve Arnold, born in 1912 to Russian-immigrant parents in
Philadelphia, began her photography career in 1946 while
working at a photo-finishing plant in New York City. She pursued
formal photography education in 1948 with Alexey Brodovitch
at the New School for Social Research in New York.
association with Magnum Photos began in 1951; she became a
full member in 1957.
Arnold is well known for her intimate portraits of Hollywood
stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford and Angelica
She also reported on the women’s rights movement,
the civil rights movement in America, and the lives of working
people all over the world.
Robert Capa, co-founder of Magnum
Photos, described Eve’s work as “Falling between Marlene
Dietrich’s legs and the bitter lives of migratory potato pickers.”
Images Arnold captured during her years spent in China in the
1970s led to her first major exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum
in 1980. The same year, she received the Lifetime Achievement
Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers,
and the National Book Award for In China. She was later
made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and named a
Master Photographer, the world’s most prestigious photographic
honour, by New York’s International Center of Photography.
Arnold published twelve books in her lifetime. She passed away
in January 2012, at the age of 99.
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