Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Eve Arnold - Photographer

Eve Arnold, a grande dame of news photography, died on January 4 at the age of 99. Her celebrity photos included such luminaries as Joan Crawford, Malcom X, Anthony Quinn, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe with whom she developed a unique rapport. Her interest was not limited to the rich and famous however. Her world travels took her to South African shantytowns, a Havana brothel, a Moscow psychiatric hospital, among others where she documented another side of life. She was the official photographer on over 40 movie sets. Magnum Photos hired Ms. Arnold as one of its first female photographers in 1951 and she became a member of its cooperative in 1957.

Born in Philadelphia, she was one of nine children of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. Arnold died in Britain where she has lived since 1961.

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