Smile: Light Up Your Face With Gladness

Smile: Light Up Your Face With Gladness

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness,
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what’s the use of crying,
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

Robert Downey Jr: Smile (Chaplin, 1992)

Bright Eyes: First Day of My Life

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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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Marilyn Monroe’s First Photo Shoot: Superstar’s Early Modelling Photos Revealed

Early Marilyn Monroe Photographs to Go on Auction Block

A bankruptcy judge in Florida ruled earlier this week that a number of rare photographs taken by Joseph Jasgur in 1946 of Norma Jeane Dougherty, who went on to become the iconic Marilyn Monroe, will be sold at auction to settle the debts of the late photographer. The photographs have not been widely distributed and the collection has been locked up in court battles for more than two decades. The sale is significant because it’s very rare to see something where you can buy a copyrighted image of Monroe, especially images from her very first photo shoot. The photographs include a black-and-white headshot of the future Marilyn Monroe wearing a jaunty beret, another of her in a halter top and a color picture of her smiling in a striped bikini on the sand. Jasgur was hired by the Blue Book modeling agency to shoot the then-unknown Norma Jeane.

Interview with Joe Jasgur: Marilyn Monroe Photographer

Photography by Joseph Jasgur: Marilyn Monroe’s First Photo Shoot

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Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera

Exposed is a photographic collection presently on exhibition at London’s Tate Modern Gallery, which offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted.  With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and sometimes witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects.  Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers, including Weegee, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Harry Callahan, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray.

The United Kingdom is now the most surveyed country in the world, fostering an obsession with voyeurism, privacy laws, freedom of media, and surveillance, images captured and relayed on camera phones, YouTube or reality TV.  Much of Exposed focuses on surveillance, and the issues raised are particularly relevant in the current climate, with debates raging around the rights and desires of individuals, terrorism and the increasing availability and use of surveillance.  Exposed confronts these issues and their implications head-on.

Exposed at Tate Modern: Sandra Phillips on Celebrity Photography

Exposed: Richard Gordon on Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera

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And a Smile: All Kinds of People Flashing Big Smiles All Over the World!

And a Smile: All Kinds of People Flashing Big Smiles All Over the World!

All Kinds of People Flashing Big Smiles All Over the World!

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Photos of the Day: Famous and Prominent People Taking a Big Leap of Faith!

Photos of the Day: Famous and Prominent People Taking a Big Leap of Faith!

Photography by:  Philippe Halsman

This is a series of quirky, fun-filled vintage photographs taken by Philippe Halsman five decades ago of movie stars, politicians, royalty, entertainers, artists and authors.  Halsman had the bold and unconventional idea back in the 1950’s to ask the famous and prominent people he was commissioned to photograph once the formal sessions were over, to jump!  The results were amazing, as each subject interpreted this bizarre request in their own unique way, often defying their typical public image.  Marilyn Monroe, Lena Horne, Merce Cunningham, Salvador Dali, Weegee, Richard Nixon, and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor agreed to take the leap of faith.

The Photography of Philippe Halsman

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Beauty Revealed: New Photographs of Marilyn Monroe Unveiled

Beauty Revealed: New Photographs of Marilyn Monroe Unveiled

Photographer Len Steckler is just now releasing photographs that he took of Marilyn Monroe during a 1961 visit with Pulitzer-prize winning poet Carl Sandburg.  Steckler is selling them as a limited edition series called Marilyn Monroe: The Visit.

Beauty Revealed: New Photographs of Marilyn Monroe Unveiled

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