Eve Arnold was a favourite among Hollywood stars for her sensitive and unobtrusive approach, which allowed her intimate access to their inner worlds. One such subject was Joan Crawford, one of the last great stars of the golden age, whose reputation as a dramatic and hot-headed personality is the stuff of legend. Arnold photographed Crawford on several occasions, over which a close bond formed. Arnold observed that Crawford’s “whole professional life has been one of great concern with her person. It is a commodity which she sells not only to the public but also to herself.”

This contact sheet contains photos of Joan Crawford preparing for a role on a film shoot, photographed in Los Angeles, California, in 1959, for LIFE magazine.

Eve Arnold first became associated with Magnum Photos in 1951.


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