Eve Arnold, born in Philadelphia in 1912 daughter of Russian immigrants, died on January 4, 2012, in London. Her career began in the mid ‘40’s in a New York photography lab and at the New School for Social Research where she took classes with Alexei Brodovitch in 1948. Three years later, she joined Magnum Photos and became a permanent member in 1957. She was the agency’s first female member.
« Hommage » is the title of a book published by Schirmer/Mosel for the first retrospective exhibition of Eve Arnold’s work in Germany, featured at the German insurance company Versicherungskammer Bayern’s Kunstfoyer of Munich from March 14 through June 3, 2012.
The book begins with her work in the United States (1950), pictures of her travels in Afghanistan (late 1960’s), in China and India (1980) and her portraits of celebrities. Among the stars featured, Marilyn Monroe that she followed for 10 years, but also Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Isabella Rossellini, Clark Gable, Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn, Anna Karina, Orson Welles, Sophia Loren and James Brown, immortalised at work, on stage, or during movie shoots.
Eve Arnold once said “it is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument”. The book closes with an homage by Abbas, a fellow member of Magnum Photos, to this legendary photojournalist who would have celebrated her 100th birthday in 2012.
Eve Arnold, « Hommage »
Texts : Isabel Siben, Andrea Holzherr, Gina Thomas and Eve Arnold. Deutsch / English
184 pages, 120 pictures.
Price : € 39.80, (A) € 41.-; Fr 56.90