Eve Arnold

The first American woman accepted into the groundbreaking cooperative Magnum Photos, Eve Arnold was hailed for both her photojournalism and her more artistic work. Arnold began her career with a study of fashion in Harlem in the early 1950s before a miscarriage led her to photograph births to combat her depression. She covered the McCarthy hearings and the American civil rights movement, earning a place for herself in 1951 with Magnum Photos, which was noted for helping photographers maintain financial control of their work. Known as much for her incisive accompanying essays as for the photos she took, Arnold has had her work featured in Look, Harper’s, and Paris Match. She was praised for her 1987 Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation and her 1980 In China, which was named a notable book by the American Library Association, and was honored with the Order of the British Empire in 2003.


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Date of Birth

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Date of Death
Photographer, Writer

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Eve Arnold." (Viewed on April 16, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/arnold-eve>.


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