A retrospective for photographer Eve Arnold is now on display at Camera Torino in Turin, Italy. Marilyn is prominently featured, with photos from their first meetings in 1955 through the making of The Misfits (1961) – and she also graces the hardback cover of the 176-pp exhibition catalogue, which you can order here.
“From 25 February to 4 June 2023 CAMERA offers a legend of 20th century photography: Eve Arnold , the American photographer who was able to tell the world with a ‘passionate personal approach’, the only tool she considered indispensable for a photographer. To understand her importance in the history of photography, it is enough to remember that Eve Arnold was the first woman, together with Inge Morath, to be part of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency in 1951.
The exhibition, curated by Monica Poggi and created in collaboration with Magnum Photos, consists of about 170 images, many of which have never been exhibited until now, and presents the photographer’s complete work starting from the first black and white shots of the New York from the 1950s to the last colour works, done at the age of 85, at the turn of the century. The selected works deal with themes and issues such as racism in the United States, women’s emancipation, the interaction between the different cultures of the world. Although her global fame is undoubtedly linked to the numerous images captured on the sets of unforgettable films, where she portrayed the great stars of the period from Marlene Dietrich to Marilyn Monroe, from Joan Crawford to Orson Welles.
Arnold’s career is to all intents and purposes a hymn to women’s emancipation. His subjects are in most cases women: workers, mothers, girls, divas, nuns, models, students, immortalized without ever slipping into stereotypes or easy categorisations, with the sole intention of knowing, understanding and narrating. The choice and arrangement of the images on display is aimed at restoring the richness of this author’s work, also underlined through numerous archival documents, texts, print samples, books and magazines capable of enriching the discovery of a true own legend of photography.”