Eve Arnold began photographing while working at a photo-finishing plant in New York City in 1946. In 1954 the head of Magnum Photos, Robert Capa, invited Arnold to join the group, and she became its first American woman member. Her mastery of the colour processes and techniques popular in the 50s was extensive and assured, although she worked for preference in black-and-white.

Arnold became a star photographer for Life magazine during its heyday, capturing public figures such as Senator Joseph McCarthy and General Eisenhower at revealingly unguarded moments. She had a special affinity with Marilyn Monroe, whom she met when both were relatively unknown. “She was going places but she hadn’t arrived,” Arnold recalled. “It became a bond between us… Marilyn was very important in my career. I think I was helpful in hers.”

Arnold was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers in 1980. In 1995 she was made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was elected “Master Photographer” – the world’s most prestigious photographic honor – awarded by New York’s International Center of Photography.

In 1996 she was the recipient of the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for her book In Retrospect. In 1997 Eve was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Staffordshire University, as well as the degree Doctor of Humanities from Richmond, the American International University in London. The same year she was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) by the British Government.


Available Works

Eve Arnold
Marilyn Monroe, Rehearsal in the Desert (Set of Misfits), Nevada, 1960
12 1/4 x 16 inches (31.1 x 40.65 cm)
platinum palladium print 
signed in pencil in the margin

Select Publications

The Unretouched Woman, 1976

Flashback: The 50’s, 1978

In China, 1980

In America, 1983

Marilyn for Ever, 1987

Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation, 1987

All in a Day’s Work, 1989

The Great British, 1991

In Retrospect, 1995

Film Journal, 2002

Handbook, 2004

Marilyn Monroe 2005

Eve Arnold’s People 2009