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Photojournalist Eve Arnold dies at 99
Born in Philadelphia in April 1912 to Russian immigrant parents, Arnold lived on Long Island when she became interested in photography while working in a photofinishing lab.
After taking a six-week photography course at the New School for Social Research in New York, she began her career in the 1940s, working for publications including Picture Post, Time and Life magazine during a golden age of magazine photojournalism.
Her subjects included migrant laborers, New York bartenders, Cuban fishermen and Afghan nomads; celebrities such as Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor; and political figures including Jacqueline Kennedy, Malcolm X and Margaret Thatcher.
Arnold was renowned for her rapport with those she photographed.
“If you’re careful with people and if you respect their privacy, they will offer part of themselves that you can use,” she told the BBC in a 2002 interview.
“Themes recur again and again in my work,” Arnold once said. “I have been poor and I wanted to document poverty; I had lost a child and I was obsessed with birth; I was interested in politics and I wanted to know how it affected our lives; I am a woman and I wanted to know about women.”
Arnold settled in London in the 1960s, working for the Sunday Times Magazine and other publications. In the 1970s she photographed and filmed Dubai’s ruling family for “Behind the Veil,” and was one of the first American photographers to work in China.
The photos she took there were exhibited in her first solo show, at the Brooklyn Museum in 1980, and published as “In China.” Other volumes of her work included “In America” and “The Great British.”
Her work was exhibited at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery and was the subject of a retrospective show at the Barbican in London in 1996.
Arnold was a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and in 1995 was named Master Photographer by New York’s International Center of Photography.
In 2003 she was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, by Queen Elizabeth II for services to photography, and in 2009 received a lifetime achievement prize from the Sony World Photography Awards.
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