on 26 April 2009
Eve Arnold's work has had much exposure over the last three decades with exhibitions, photographic sales and books. She's almost become a star in her own right as she commands respect from her peers like few others. Even the truly great photographers count her among their favourites. Eve's method of working was to only keep the best shots and destroy the rest, which is unthinkable but has in turn given her an impeccable reputation with one of the greatest photographic legacies in history. She was one the first female members of the Magnum Photos agency in the 1950s (along with Inge Morath).
She travelled extensively the world over with her camera, photographing in China, Russia, South Africa and Afghanistan. Eve often took risks, photographing the Klu Klux Klan, "sitting with the Imperial Wizard as he ranted against Blacks, Vietnamese, Jews, Catholics, homosexuals and women."
She has also photographed some of the most famous people of the age from Queen Elizabeth II to Malcolm X, but her most enduring works are those of Marilyn Monroe, particularly those of which were taken during the shooting of The Misfits.