Eve Arnold, Legendary Photographer of Illuminating Images, Dies at 99

All About Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold, who came to be regarded as a grande dame of postwar photojournalism for her bold, revealing images of subjects as diverse as Marilyn Monroe and migratory potato pickers, died on Wednesday in London at the age of 99. Born in Philadelphia on April 21, 1912, Ms. Arnold had lived in Great Britain since 1961.

Her death was announced by Magnum Photos, the photography cooperative to which she had belonged for more than a half-century. She was among the first women Magnum hired to make pictures. Ms. Arnold was a leading light in what is considered to be the golden age of news photography, when magazines like Life and Look commanded attention with big, arresting pictures provided by photographers who included Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa and Margaret Bourke-White.

Acclaimed for capturing celebrities in intimate moments after winning their trust, Ms. Arnold developed a particular rapport with Marilyn Monroe, the subject of a book of Arnold photographs. Foreshadowing the celebrity portfolios of photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Ms. Arnold captured Joan Crawford squirming into a girdle, Malcolm X collecting fistfuls of dollars at a rally in Washington and James Cagney and his wife doing an impromptu dance in a barn.

But other pictures, just as memorable, were of the unfamous. Among the more than 750,000 Ms. Arnold made were pictures in a South African shantytown, a Havana brothel and a Moscow psychiatric hospital. She documented a small Long Island town, Miller Place, and the first minutes of a baby’s life. She was an official photographer on 40 movie sets.

Her many honors include the Order of the British Empire and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. She was a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and named a “Master Photographer” by the International Center of Photography in New York, considered by many to be the world’s most prestigious photographic honor.

You can read more about Eve Arnold’s life and work in The New York Times here.

View a slide show of Eve Arnold’s photography here.

All About Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold: Lifetime Achievement Award, The 2010 Sony World Photography Awards

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The Harlem Album: A Century in Images

Josephine Baker at the Roxy, 1950

Diana Ross Backstage at the Apollo, 1965

Malcolm X at a Rally on Lenox Avenue, 1965

Mohammed Ali and Malcolm X, 1965

Cadillac and Racoon Coats in Harlem, 1932

A Woman with Hanging Overalls, 1978

The Harlem Album: A Century in Images

The Harlem Album: A Century in Images is a remarkable collection of photographs curated by Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  Home to writers and revolutionaries, artists and musicians, Harlem has also long been a source of inspiration for countless photographers.  The selection of images provided here includes photography by James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Dawoud Bey and Kenneth Nelson, with photographs that reveal a broad and beautiful new visual survey of the neighborhood.

The choices in this collection were all about offering a wide variety of ways of looking and seeing and thinking,” says Studio Museum Curator Golden.  Even when it comes to some of Harlem’s legendary icons, the variety of photographs is telling.  There are the pictures of Malcolm X addressing a crowd, but also intimate scenes in which Diana Ross and James Brown shed their public masks.  Joe Louis, surrounded by cheering locals, peers coolly at the camera.  And Langston Hughes stands, appropriately, on his own stoop, an architectural feature that serves as a “site of memory” in many Harlem photographs.  In a neighborhood that has symbolized so much, to people all around the world, the stoop was also a kind of threshold: between home and the larger world.

James Van Der Zee: Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance

Gordon Parks: Legendary Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer and Composer

Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Slide Show: The Harlem Album/A Century in Images

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Hollywood’s All Abuzz: It’s Oscar Dayze!!

Hollywood news conferences, The Red Carpet, movie stars, celebrities, fancy designer gowns, jewels and parties! Hollywood is a town that’s all abuzz as celebrities are flocking from all over the world for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Here’s a video of Oscar Winner Predictions, as well as other great videos, including: a video about the worst movies of all time, an imaginative short film about the Oscars and a video about Eve Arnold’s wonderful celebrity photography.

The 2008 Academy Awards Oscar Predictions

The Worst Films Ever Made

The Oscars

Eve Arnold’s Celebrity Photography

Viewers can read The New York Times’ Oscar Predictions here.

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All About Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

All About Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

Eve Arnold is an American photojournalist who is best known for her benevolent, intimate images of actress Marilyn Monroe on the set of Monroe’s last (1961) film, The Misfits, but she took many other photographs of Monroe from 1951 onwards.  Marilyn trusted Arnold more than any other photographer, a relationship that is well-documented.

Arnold is known for her sympathetic approach towards her subjects, who have included Malcolm X, Joan Crawford and Margaret Thatcher.  She is able to capture a closeness that is not easy for most others to capture.

All About Eve: The Photography of Eve Arnold

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