Eve Arnold: In Retrospect
December 1997 –
We are delighted to announce that we are presenting this one-woman exhibition by leading Magnum photographer Eve Arnold.
Eve was Magnum’s “representative” in Dublin for the MAGNUM CINEMA show last year, but her work extends far beyond the portrayal of mover celebrities. This major exhibition covers her life’s work to date and shows her to be one of the century’s most influential and humane photographers, who, for more than four decades, has served as witness through camera and words to many of the major figures and events of the latter half of the twentieth century.
Robert Capa described her work as “falling between Marlene Dietrich’s legs and the bitter lives of migrant potato workers”. She herself wrote “If the photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given… It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument”.
The subjects in the exhibition include political figures: Joe McCarthy, Malcolm X and Margaret Thatcher; Heads of State: Indira Gandhi and Queen Elizabeth; Movie Stars: Clark Gable, Orson Welles, Joan Crawford and a ten-year study of Marilyn Monroe; Religious leaders: Pope Paul VI and the Russian Metropolitan; and hosts of ordinary people living in their daily lives who appear extraordinary through her viewfinder. Also represented are painters, writers, musicians and dancers as well as work pursued for book projects on China, America and Britain.