Chronology

 
1913 Born, Philadelphia
   
1913 Born in Philadelphia to Russian immigrants, Eve Arnold wanted to be a writer or a dancer and came to photography by chance.
   
1948 While managing a photo-finishing plant she started experimenting with a camera. In 1948 she took a six-week class at New York's New School for Social Research with Alexei Brodovitch and decided to become a photographer.

Using a Rolleicord given by a boyfriend, Arnold completed her first assignment shooting a fashion show in Harlem in a square, black and white format. "It was daunting," she recalls, "to bring my pale face into that all-black audience and get up enough courage to put my camera into their faces."
   
1951 Brodovitch found her work fresh and encouraged her to keep on photographing in Harlem so that Arnold learned by doing and deciding it was the best way. In 1951, Arnold was one of the very few women to join Magnum as an associate.
   
1955 Arnold became a member of Magnum. From then on she worked on numerous reportages for Life, Vogue, Paris Match, Stern and the Sunday Times, traveling in Europe, the US, South America, India and Afghanistan on assignment and working in-depth in the USSR on three successive trips.

Along the way, Arnold developed a method that earned her the confidence of film stars and other prominent people. She became famous for her portraits of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, John Huston, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, the Queen of England, Richard Nixon, Senator Joseph McCarthy and Malcolm X. Her book of memoirs on the 1950's, published with her own text, explores the growing prominence of media on society.
   
1961 Based in London as of 1961, Arnold pursued her travels, spending the end of the 1960's and the beginning of the 1970's photographing the life of veiled women in Egypt, Afghanistan and Abu Dhabi, and then the South African apartheid.
   
1979 After waiting ten years, Arnold finally obtained her visa to China and traveled extensively there. Her trips let to the publication of the book, In China.
   
1980 In China received a National Book Award.

In the 1980s Arnold concentrated on shooting in Britain and the USA and just recently has traveled back to Cuba, documenting the descendents of families she had photographed there three decades ago.

Eve Arnold is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Kraszna Krausz award for the best book of photography for "In Retrospect" and the International Center of Photography's master photographer award for lifetime achievement.
   
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Bibliography

The Great British. Photographs by Eve Arnold. New York, 1991 (photo-eye Cat# KN044)
 
All in a Day's Work. Photographs by Eve Arnold. New York, 1989 (photo-eye Cat# BA003)
 
Marilyn Monroe. An Appreciation. Photographs and text by Eve Arnold.. New York, 1987 (photo-eye Cat# KN032)
 
In China. Photographs and text by Eve Arnold. New York, 1980 (photo-eye Cat# KN009)
 
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Education

 
1948 New School for Social Research, New York
  Studied with Alexei Brodovitch






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