In the month of what would be her hundredth birthday, make sure you catch the Eve Arnold retrospective at Art Sensus
Pioneering photojournalist Eve Arnold died in January aged 99. This month she would be celebrating her 100th birthday. And this month also is your last chance to catch the major retrospective of Eve Arnold at Art Sensus. Drawing from a career spanning from the late 1940s to the 90s, Art Sensus has selected over 100 photographs, along with a new book documenting her work.
As the artist-owned photographic co-operative Magnum (of which Arnold was the first female member) declared upon her death: ‘She will perhaps be best remembered for her exceptional photographs of people; the famous, politicians, musicians, artists and the unknown. Her intimate, sensitive and compassionate 10-year collaboration with Marilyn Monroe has cemented her as one of the most iconic portrait photographers of our time’.
Conceived as a retrospective, the Art Sensus exhibition explores the incredible diversity of Arnold’s oeuvre. Photographs of actress Marilyn Monroe, many from the set of ‘The Misfits’ (her final film before her death), sit beside portraits of other Hollywood and West End legends such as Marlene Dietrich, Somerset Maugham, Arthur Miller, Joan Crawford, Peter O’Toole, Isabella Rossellini and Orson Welles.
Alongside these celeb shots will be her portraits of political figures, as well as product of Arnold’s extensive travels, primarily to Afghanistan, China and Russia. These include landscapes of rural China, photographs of the Mongolian militia, asylum patients in Haiti, children in the ghettos of Puerto Rico, Navajo women in the American southwest, portraits of veiled Afghani widows and the ‘oldest men in the world’ in the former Soviet Union.
Arnold was born in 1912, one of nine children in a Russian Jewish family, in Philadelphia USA. She moved to London in 1962 and lived in Mayfair for nearly 50 years. She worked until last year on her archives exhibiting unpublished images of Marilyn Monroe a subject that she had a special relationship with. Other portraits included Presidents, prime ministers, movie stars, the Queen,Jacqueline Kennedy and Malcolm X. Working for the Times she traveled to China, Russia, and South America.
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