Marilyn Monroe photographer dead at 99
Eve Arnold, the veteran 20th century photographer known for her portraits and superior quality photojournalism, has died aged 99. She would be celebrating her 100th birthday in April. She was the first woman member of the agency Magnum in 1957 they announced her death “with great sadness”,stating that she “passed away peacefully” on Wednesday. Magnum in a statement said: “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, but it is the long term reportage stories that drove Arnold’s curiosity and passion.” Magnum, was a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its people, events, issues and personalities.
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 She worked until last year on her archives exhibiting unpublished images of Marilyn Monroe a subject that she had a special relationship with.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.
She has received numerous awards and honours, including the National Book Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the Kranzna-Krausz Book Award, and an honorary O.B.E by the British Government. She was also made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was elected ‘Master Photographer’ by New York’s International Centre of Photography. In April 2010 she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sony World Photography Awards, just one day after her 98th birthday.
In 1969 Arnold was to spend an important period of her life documenting the ruling family and life in the Arab States, which was to be published in 1971 under the title ‘Behind The Veil’. During the late 1970s she completed a landmark project in China, becoming one of the first westerners to be granted a rare visa after America and China established diplomatic relations.”
She began to photograph Marilyn Monroe when both were unknown in their careers, and continued until her last film, The Misfits, in 1961. She will be best remembered for these intimate images of the troubled star.