Eve Arnold was one of the 20th century’s foremost photographers and a pioneer of photojournalism. She and fellow photographer Robert Adams changed the perception of the American landscape, and Arnold in particular, the perception of the rich and famous.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents, Arnolds journey into photojournalism began in 1948 when she studied with Alexei Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research in New York. Interested in themes such as birth, family, tragedy and racial prejudice, Arnold later went on to travel the world, photographing the lives of ordinary people in China, Vietnam, South Africa and Afghanistan. In 1951 she joined the infamous Magnum Photos agency, becoming a full member in 1957.
Perhaps her most memorable images are those of Malcom X giving speeches during the civil rights movement, and her portraits of him, taken in 1962. Equally, if not more so notorious, are those of Marilyn Monroe whilst she was filming on the set of The Misfits (1961). Capturing Marilyn Monroe at her most unguarded, these Arnold’s images are a captivating insight into the true Marilyn.
Since Eve Arnold passed away in January 2012, demand for her limited edition photography prints has continued to grow.