Inge Morath’s artistic photographs of New York span four decades. Her first visit dates back to 1957, when she accompanied Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson on a journey through America and in 1960, she worked as a set photographer during the shooting of the legendary film’ The Misfits’, starring Marilyn Monroe. Pictured here, A Llama in Times Square, New York City, 1957.

To take pictures had become a necessity and I did not want to forgo it for anything

Inge Morath
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

Inge Morath was born in Graz, Austria, in 1923. After studying languages in Berlin, she became a translator, then a journalist and the Austrian editor for Heute, an Information Service Branch publication based in Munich. All her life, Morath would remain a prolific diarist and letter-writer, retaining a dual gift for words and pictures that made her unusual among her colleagues.

Morath began photographing in London in 1951, and joined Magnum Photos as a photographer in 1953. In the following years, Morath traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Her special interest in the arts found expression in photographic essays published by a number of leading magazines. Inge Morath died in New York City on 30 January 2002.

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