Eve Arnold (April 21, 1912-January 4, 2012) was a photojournalist who started her career in 1946, she developed most of her skills from Harper's Bazaar art director, Alexey Brodovitch. She was based in the US during the 1950's but moved to the UK in 1962. During a six year interval she worked in China and the US but lived in the UK for the rest of her life. Her most memorable work was her images of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (1961). Arnold captured many icons such as Joan Crawford, Malcolm X, Marlene Dietrich and Queen Elizabeth II. She had also traveled quite extensively and visited countries such as South Africa, Russia and Afghanistan. What I particularly love about her was that she never limited herself, she was versatile, not only did she photograph icons or well known political figures, she ventured out into poor countries, places that were destitute and gave us a glimpse into the lives of the underprivileged or oppressed. She never saw a divide between the two; "I don't see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary,I see them simply as people in front of my lens.”
I randomly selected my favourite images which include icons and Harlem Fashion that she shot in 1950. To view more of her work go here, here and here.