Eve Arnold

American, 1912 - 2012

Eve Arnold was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Russian immigrant parents. She began photographing in 1946, while working at a photo-finishing plant in New York City, and then studied photography in 1948 with Alexei Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research in New York.

Arnold first became associated with Magnum Photos in 1951, and became a full member in 1957. She was based in the US during the 1950s but went to England in 1962 to put her son through school; except for a six-year interval when she worked in the US and China, she lived in the UK for the rest of her life.

Her time in China led to her first major solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1980, where she showed the resulting images. In the same year, she received the National Book Award for In China and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

In later years she received many other honours and awards. In 1995 she was made fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and elected Master Photographer - the world's most prestigious photographic honour - by New York's International Center of Photography. In 1996 she received the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for In Retrospect, and the following year she was granted honorary degrees by the University of St Andrews, Staffordshire University, and the American International University in London; she was also appointed to the advisory committee of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford, UK. She has had twelve books published.

Eve passed away in January of 2012.


1948     Photography, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA


2003     Order of the British Empire, UK
1997     Member, Advisory Committee of the National Museum of Photography, Film &
            Television, Bradford, UK
1997     Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities, the American International University 
            in London, UK
1997     Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, UK
1997     Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, University of St. Andrews, UK
1996     Kraszna-Krausz Book Award (for In Retrospect)
1995     Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, UK
1995     Master Photographer, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
1980     National Book Award (for In China)
1980     Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Magazine Photographers, USA


2005     Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
1996     Women to Women (in conjunction with Inge Morath), Japan Professional
            Photographic Society, Tokyo, Japan
1996     In Retrospect  (16 venues) - Barbican, London, UK; Australia, Spain, Italy,
1980     In China - Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA


2009     Eve's Arnold's People, Thames & Hudson, UK
2005     Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold, Washington Green/Halcyon, UK; Harry A. Abrams, USA
2004     Eve Arnold Hand Book, Bloomsbury, USA
2002     Eve Arnold: Film Journal, Bloomsbury, USA
2001     Ciné-Roman, Cahiers du Cinéma, France
1996     Keepsakes: The Photography of Eve Arnold in Retrospect, Harry Ransom Humanities
            Research Center, Austin, Texas
1995     In Retrospect, Alfred A. Knopf, USA; Christopher Sinclair Stevenson, UK
1991     The Great British, Alfred A. Knopf, USA; (Eve Arnold), Christopher
            Sinclair Stevenson, UK
1989     All in a Day's Work, Bantam Books, USA; Hamish Hamilton, UK
1988     Private View: Inside Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theatre, Bantam Books, USA
1987     Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation, Alfred A. Knopf, USA
1983     In America, Alfred A. Knopf, USA; Secker & Warburg, UK
1980     In China, Alfred A. Knopf, USA; Hutchinson, UK
1978     Flashback! The 50s, Alfred A. Knopf, USA
1976     The Unretouched Woman, Alfred A. Knopf, USA; Jonathon Cape, UK