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Eve Arnold

  • Birth 21 Apr 1912 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 4 Jan 2012 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 82993475

Photographer. Out of a long career that produced roughly 750,000 pictures and saw the notables of two generations among her subjects she shall perhaps be best remembered for her iconic images of Marilyn Monroe. Born Eve Cohen to a Russian immigrant family she originally intended to study medicine but switched courses after a boyfriend gave her a camera which she taught herself to use; during World War II she ran a photo processing plant in Hoboken, New Jersey, then in 1948 studied briefly at New York's New School for Social Research before accepting a freelance position with the renowned Magnum Photography Agency in 1951. As one of the group's rare women she was often sent on assignments nobody else wanted, such as black fashion shows in Harlem, and gradually built her reputation. During the 1950s she shot numerous entertainment and sports personalities both candid and posed including Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, and Rocky Marciano and took some rather disturbing images of an aging Joan Crawford, the negatives for the nude shots returned to Miss Crawford as requested. Marilyn Monroe liked Arnold's pictures of Miss Dietrich which led to multiple sessions over a period of years and to some of the last pictures of the Blonde Bombshell which were taken during the shooting of her final film "The Misfits" (1961). Though she retained American citizenship Arnold moved to London in 1961 but continued to travel widely. Over the years she captured American First Ladies, Queen Elizabeth II, and four British Prime Ministers, proclaiming Mrs. Thatcher her most difficult subject. She served as the official photographer on around 50 movie sets, saw her work featured in "Life", "Look", "Harper's Bazaar" and other magazines, published 13 collections including three of Marilyn, and was represented in numerous museums. Arnold was made an honourary Fellow of the Royal Photography Society in 1993, received honourary designation as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003, and in 2010 was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sony World Photography Awards in 2010. She lived out her days in a London nursing facility and died of the effects of advanced age. When giving advice to rookies she would often tell them that "the difference between a fine photographer and an average one was having the wit to take advantage of accident".

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  • Added: 5 Jan 2012
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