A life in photographs

Photographer Eve Arnold operated in the golden age of photojournalism, when newspapers and magazines gave their photographers the freedom – and resources – to travel the world and document it.

Arnold joined photography agency Magnun Photos in 1951 and travelled to America, China, the Middle East and our fair shores, capturing the people and scenes that she encountered.

Josephine Baker returns to the US after 25 years absence, New York City, 1950 by Eve Arnold

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Josephine Baker returns to the US after 25 years absence, New York City, 1950 by Eve Arnold, Copyright Eve Arnold

Arnold is the focus of a new exhibition, opening at London’s Chris Beetles Fine Photographs gallery this week. The work in the show ranges from the glamorous world of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe to the poor of Haiti.

Whether celebrities or everyday people, Arnold’s photographs show immense trust between subject and photographer. Arnold says, ‘What I have tried to do is involve the people I was photographing – if they were willing to give, I was willing to photograph.’

The exhibition, which is a collaboration with the Tosca Photography Fund, will run until 5 March at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 8 Ryder Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y.

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