Eve Arnold - American Photographer April 21, 1912 – January 4, 2012

Eve Arnold
I'm very sad to hear the news that Eve Arnold, a photography icon has sadly passed away. She was just a few months away reaching an astonishing 100 years on this earth. She has certainly outlived many of the famous faces she has photographed.

If the name Eve Arnold doesn't seem to familiar then the images in this post certainly will be. What I've always admired and loved about her body of work was this amazing ability to capture an emotion that I'm not even sure her subjects knew they were conveying themselves.

Film Studios in the 50's were so different from today. Film stars didn't tell the studios what they would and wouldn't do - the studios owned the stars and often treated them poorly. How very different from today's world? Eve was in a man's world back then. Photographers and photojournalists were prodominantly men, and she certainly was producing striking non fluffy images that didn't made the stars look wholesome and ...........I want to use the word false? Studios often wanted their starts captured with the holloywood glam and a fixed smile. Gods and Godesses of perfection (So may be somethings haven't changed?)

I make it no secret that I adore Marilyn Monroe and I'll include a pictures of her in a post whenever I can because I find her such a fascinating creature. Fame continues to give us these celebrities who seem to have what should be a blessed life as we view it from a distance but  true happiness escapes some of them, for one reason or another. Maybe it's ghost from the past, fear of the future and it's unknown demons, that just might be waiting there to get them. We can speculate but the majority of the time we will just never ever know.

There is something so utterly captivating about Eve Arnolds work. Her imagery of Monroe especially (but to repeat - I'm more than a little in love with Ms. Monroe) I was just about to go to bed after a really really long day when I saw the news about her passing and this is why I'm sat here writing at almost 2am in the morning UK time despite the fact that I'm so tired I ache. So because the pictures Eve Arnold produced will probably articulate more beautiful things than I could articulate even on my best day I'll  let her pictures do the talking.

"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

You can read Eve's obituary in The Guardian by clicking here

You can read a transcript of an interview Eve did on radio 3 by clicking here


  1. Wow, what fabbylous images. I confess I had never heard of her. I will show this post to the boy, he is a little bit in love with Marylin. x

  2. Beautiful x

  3. Wonderful photographer and amazing woman! She will be missed in the art world

  4. Great loss - but she leaves behind such iconic images.

  5. Great post Missy, and RIP Eve Arnold. She was a pioneer, I remember reading about her only a few months ago and thinking what a fascinating woman she was.

  6. I have a book which is the full Eve Arnold on Marilyn Monroe photo book, I've had it for years and when I was studying photography I was totally captivated by her amazing photographic style. I tried (and failed) to emulate her, and was in awe of the fact that she had been a member of the prestigous Magnum when so many members were men. A truly inspirational woman and a role model too. RIP Eve Arnold.


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