Eve Arnold was a diverse and prolific photographer. Her work ranged from portraiture to editorial assignments, advertising and long-term projects.

When she started in the 1950s, Arnold was a forerunner of the changes taking place in portraiture, which saw a more natural approach applied to all subject matter, whether Hollywood studio stars or documentary on the lives of poverty-stricken potato pickers. Her empathy and determination led to amazingly candid portraits of key 20th-century figures, including Andy Warhol. Pictured here, Warhol with his first sophisticated anchored camera, New York City. 1964.

I don't see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary

Eve Arnold
© Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos

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.

Joining Magnum in 1957 as the agency’s first female photographer, Arnold captured some of the most significant individuals and groups of the era. She is well known for her intimate portraits of Marilyn Monroe, with whom she became good friends.

Other signficant projects include her documentation of the Nation of Islam and the black fashion world of 1950s Harlem, as well as her extensive work in China, for which she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Eve Arnold died in January 2012.

© Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos

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