Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Magnum photographer Eve Arnold dies

eve-arnold-splash.jpg

Eve Arnold, the photographer who produced some of the most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and the first woman to join Magnum Photos died this week at the age of 99

Eve Arnold may be best known for her famous black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe on the set of her last film, The Misfits, as well as Hollywood stars like Marlene Dietrich, but she had an equally impressive body of work documenting the lives of ordinary people in all corners of the globe.

Born in 1912, she first developed an interest in photography while working at a photo-finishing plant in New York. After studying photography at the New School for Social Research in New York, where her classmates and tutors were impressed by her raw, documentary style, she started working for magazines like Time and Life. She was the first woman to join Magnum Photos in 1957 and went on to travel the world with the agency, reporting on life in the Middle East, China and South Africa. As well as photography, she also wrote the stories to accompany her images and made films.

Her ten-year-long collaboration with Marilyn Monroe resulted in some of the most intimate, moving and beautiful images of the star, but Arnold wasn’t defined by this relationship, as she wrote in her 1976 book, The Unretouched Woman; “Themes recur again and again in my work. I have been poor and I wanted to document poverty; I had lost a child and I was obsessed with birth; I was interested in politics and I wanted to know how it affected our lives; I am a woman and I wanted to know about women.”

In 2003 Eve Arnold was awarded an OBE in recognition for her services to photography.

See Eve's work at magnumphotos.com

All pictures: Rex Features

Related

220x285-PAP_BlackBag.jpg

Mila Kunis the new face of Dior

vanda-ballgowns.jpg

The V&A's beautiful ballgowns

Hari-Krishnas-hero.jpg

Travel Photographer of the Year

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From a Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reunion to Nicki Minaj's vintage look

by Nicola Colyer
18 Aug 2017

Chris Brown tried to excuse his attack on Rihanna, and it’s not OK

“Violence is a choice he made – and he alone is responsible for it”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Serena Williams on how skin colour affects what people think of her

“I feel like people think I’m mean”

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

This Hocus Pocus star’s pregnancy announcement is pure 90s perfection

“I smell children…”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Anna Faris on knowing when to call time on an unhappy relationship

“Don’t be afraid to seek your independence”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Why Taylor Swift’s sexual assault verdict is a victory for womankind

The pop star has completely changed the narrative

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton defends Donald Trump from sexual assault allegations

“I think [the women] are just trying to get attention and get fame...”

by Moya Crockett
16 Aug 2017

The personality trait that Mindy Kaling hopes to pass on to her baby

Kaling gets real about motherhood as she confirms her pregnancy

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton describes the emotional fallout of her 2001 sex tape

“I could not leave my house for months”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017

Taylor Swift wins sexual assault case for “anyone who feels silenced”

“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017