Eve Arnold was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania of immigrant Russian parents. She began photographing while working at a photo-finishing plant in New York City in 1946, then studied photography (for 6 weeks) with Alexei Brodovitch at New York City's New School for Social Research in 1948.
Mrs. Arnold first became associated with Magnum Photos in 1951, becoming a full member in 1955. She was based in America during the 1950s and came to England in 1962 to put her son to school at Bedales. Except for a six year hiatus, (when she worked in America and China to prepare a book on each of those countries), Mrs. Arnold has been based in Britain.
Following her photography of China, she had her first major solo exhibition of her China work at the Brooklyn Museum in 1980. That same year, she received the National Book Award for her book In China.
She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers in 1980. In 1995 she was made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was elected "Master Photographer" - the world's most prestigious photographic honor - awarded by New York's International Center of Photography.
In 1996 she was the recipient of the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for her book In Retrospect.
In 1997 Mrs. Arnold was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Staffordshire University, as well as the degree Doctor of Humanities from Richmond, the American International University in London.
The same year she was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) by the British Government.
The Unretouched Woman, 1976
Flashback: The 50's, 1978
In China, 1980
In America, 1983
Marilyn for Ever, 1987
Marilyn Monroe. An Appreciation. Photographs and text by Eve Arnold. 1987
Private View: Inside Baryshnikov's American Ballet Theatre, 1988
All in a Day's Work. Photographs by Eve Arnold - 1989
The Great British, 1991
In Retrospect, 1995
Magna Brava: Magnum's Women Photographers (with Inge Morath, Susan Meiselas, Martine Franck, and Marilyn Silverstone), Nov. 1999
Eve Arnold: Film Journal. Published by Bloomsbury, 2002
Eve Arnold: The Hand Book. Published by Bloomsbury, 2004
Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold. Published by Washington Green (Halcyon) in England & Abrahams in America, 2005.