After minimal formal training, Eve Arnold joined the prestigious Magnum agency in 1952. In the ensuing twenty years she produced diverse reportage work for magazines. Her Hollywood portraiture, especially the series of Marilyn Monroe, is known to many. She was most admired for her documentary records of places difficult to penetrate even today: the ex-Soviet Union, Mongolia, China and the Middle East. In the 1970s Arnold turned to publishing photography books. Her 'commitment to humanity' won her the confidence of people from all social and racial backgrounds. She was the winner of numerous awards including an O.B.E. in 2003.