Eve Arnold Marilyn Monroe in Bed with Clark Gable in The Misfits
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1960 Print Date 1960c
Dimensions 8-5/16 x 6-7/16 in. (211 x 164 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With negative numbers (60-20-75/10) in pencil on verso.
During the half-century that her career spanned, Eve Arnold did portraits of the most diverse personalities. By far and away the most famous is undoubtedly Marilyn Monroe. The two met each other early in the 1950s. As Arnold sketched the situation later: 'We were both at the beginning of our careers, and I believe that neither of us knew precisely what we were doing'.
Like Monroe, Arnold, who in 1951 became the first woman to be nominated for membership in Magnum, was sharply aware of the effect that her being a woman had on the world around her. 'We could make use of it, or we could let it be'. That is one of the reasons why her photographs, for the most part made on or around the film set, are among the best ever made of Monroe. They do not show the 'sex object' but the personality, which generally remained out of the picture.
Although primarily known for her portraits, Arnold (b. 1913) also did many reportage projects, among others on the black activist Malcolm X, and on China, where at the end of the 1970s she made an extended visit, as one of the first Western photographers to be permitted to work there.
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