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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photographer Profile ~ Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold (born April 21, 1912- Jan 4 2012) was an American photojournalist. She joined Magnum Photos agency in 1951, and became a full member in 1957.

Arnold was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, William (born Velvel Sklarski) and Bessie Cohen (born Bosya Laschiner). Her interest in becoming a photographer began in 1946, when she worked for a photo-finishing plant in New York City. She briefly learned photographic skills in 1948 from Harper's Bazaar art director Alexei Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.

Arnold is best known for her images of actress Marilyn Monroe on the set of Monroe's last (1961) film, The Misfits, but she took many photos of Monroe from 1951 onwards. An exhibition of her previously unseen photos of Monroe was displayed at the Halcyon Gallery in London in May 2005. Monroe trusted Arnold more than any other photographer.

Not only did Arnold photograph VIPs such as Queen Elizabeth II, Malcolm X, and Joan Crawford, she traveled extensively around the world, photographing in China, Russia, South Africa and Afghanistan.

In 1980, she had her first solo exhibition, which featured her photographic work done in China at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. In the same year, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers. In 1995, she was made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and elected Master Photographer by New York's International Center of Photography. She also did a series of portraits of American Presidents' wives.

Arnold left the United States in the early 1960s with her son, Francis, moving to England, which eventually became her adopted home. In England, while working for the UK Sunday Times, she began to seriously use colour as a medium for photography. In her adopted homeland, she was later appointed a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Media Museum formerly the Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford in 1997 [via Wiki]

"If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument." ~ Eve Arnold

Malcolm X

Andy Warhol

Natalie Wood

Terence Stamp

Malcolm X

Joan Crawford

"The first time I met Joan Crawford she took off all her clothes, stood in front of me nude and insisted I photograph her," Arnold wrote in "Film Journal." They met in a dressing room when Arnold was on assignment for Women's Home Companion magazine. "Sadly," she wrote of Crawford, "something happens to flesh after 50."

Elizabeth Taylor with her children (Michael Wilding Jr, Christopher Wilding and Liza Todd)

You can’t make a great musician or a great photographer if the magic isn’t there. ~ Eve Arnold

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe

USA. Nevada. Reno. Marilyn's reaction to a lucky toss. Marilyn Monroe and John Huston. 1960.

Marlene Dietrich

Paul Newman, The Actor's Studio, 1955

Joan Crawford and Eve Arnold, 1959 by Gordon Parks

Marlene Dietrich

"What drove me and kept me going over the decades?" Arnold wrote in her memoir. "If I had to use a single word, it would be 'curiosity.' "


  1. You are very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Eve was a true talent and will be missed.


  2. what suxh great photos you have here. it was a pleasure to visit.