Eve Arnold Malcolm X Collecting Money for the Black Muslims, Washington, D. C. 1960 © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos


Born 1913
Died 2012
Nationality American
Birth place Philadelphia
Death place London

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.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Magnum Photos

Magnum is a photographic co-operative founded in 1947 that is perhaps the world’s best known picture agency, renowned for its documentary photography. Many important photographers have been members including Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold and Susan Meiselas.

Documentary photography

A style of photographs that presents straightforward records of events, people and places, often recording important historical or political moments.