Thoughts drift back to the work of Magnum photographer Eve Arnold

 
 
If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” (Eve Arnold) Known for being the first woman photographer to join the ranks of the Magnum Photo agency. "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 ten 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." says her agency. During her long career, Arnold published more than 15 monographs. Later this month, TeNeues will release All About Eve, a 216-page retrospective of her work, including some of her most iconic images, as well as many never-before published images. Whilst celebrity imagery is not a genre I hold a particular fondness for; I could name a lot of past and current photographers whose talents are nothing more than newsworthy in my opinion. For me the question is; were they great photographers or did they just spend five minutes with someone famous in front of their lens; and make the rest of their career spinning off of the experience? Eve Arnold was different, I truly admire the intimacy of her work and the level of respect she earned from her subjects and piers alike over a lifetime refining her craft. You can hear Eve discuss her work recorded in 1990 on the BBC radio website and you can read her obituary published in the LA Times here. Marilyn Monroe at the gaming tables in Reno, Nevada during filming of The Misfits. 1960 eve-arnold-web Silvana Mangano at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.1956 79641_4 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Shepperton, England.1963 79641_1