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Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Eve Arnold

USA BLACK MUSLIMS (United States, 1961)

Eve Arnold was able to get permission from Malcolm X to follow him for two years with her camera. Malcolm X was the leader of the religious and political movement, the Nation of Islam, which advocates the supremacy of the black race. Arnold was invariably the only white face at Nation of Islam meetings. She was forced to wear special nonflammable clothing after cigarette butts were regularly stubbed out on her. At one of the rallies she was able to record the visit of George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party. At the time she began her reportage, the Nation of Islam was still an unfamiliar organization in America. Life Magazine pulled the photographs at the last moment, because they would have appeared above an advertisement for chocolate cookies. – Washington, D.C. Malcolm X at a Black Muslim meeting.

  • USA BLACK MUSLIMS (United States, 1961)

    Eve Arnold was able to get permission from Malcolm X to follow him for two years with her camera. Malcolm X was the leader of the religious and political movement, the Nation of Islam, which advocates the supremacy of the black race. Arnold was invariably the only white face at Nation of Islam meetings. She was forced to wear special nonflammable clothing after cigarette butts were regularly stubbed out on her. At one of the rallies she was able to record the visit of George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party. At the time she began her reportage, the Nation of Islam was still an unfamiliar organization in America. Life Magazine pulled the photographs at the last moment, because they would have appeared above an advertisement for chocolate cookies. – Washington, D.C. Malcolm X at a Black Muslim meeting.

  • USA BLACK MUSLIMS (United States, 1961)

    Washington, D.C. Black Muslim children at a Muslim meeting at the Uline Arena.

  • USA BLACK MUSLIMS (United States, 1961)

    George Lincoln Rockwell flanked by members of the American Nazi Party, at a meeting of the Black Muslim movement.

  • USA BLACK MUSLIMS (United States, 1961)

The Homage
2003

The Homage

Eve Arnold

MARILYN MONROE

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.

  • MARILYN MONROE

    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.

  • MARILYN MONROE

Biography

In 1957 Eve Arnold (b. 1913, United States) was the first woman to become a full member of Magnum Photos. In 1995 she received the prestigious title Master Photographer from the International Photography Center in New York.

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