Eve Arnold dies aged 99

  • 6 January 2012

A meeting of brides of Christ on their wedding day to their Lord at the nunnery in Godalming, Surrey taken in 1965 by Eve Arnold was recently bequeathed to the V & A Museum through the Art Fund.

A meeting of brides of Christ on their wedding day to their Lord at the nunnery in Godalming, Surrey, 1965 by Eve Arnold © Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

A meeting of brides of Christ on their wedding day to their Lord at the nunnery in Godalming, Surrey, 1965 by Eve Arnold

American photojournalist Eve Arnold sadly died yesterday aged 99. Known for her striking shots of celebrities often behind closed doors or off guard, Arnold's candid style gave the viewer exclusive access to enigmatic subjects.

A meeting of brides of Christ on their wedding day to their Lord at the nunnery in Godalming, Surrey taken in 1965 by Eve Arnold was recently bequeathed to the Victoria & Albert Museum by Robin Gibson through the Art Fund.

Much like Arnold's most well-known images of the likes of Malcolm X and Marilyn Monroe, this photograph gives us a glimpse into an otherwise private world, and captures a sense of quiet anticipation.

The late Robin Gibson was the National Portrait Gallery's Chief Curator for 8 years from 1968 to 2001. He put together many memorable shows, including an exhibition of Eve Arnold's photography in 1991. Arnold often gave prints to people she worked closely with, and an expert on the photographer has suggested that this image was probably selected by Robin and printed especially for him.

Links around the web

BBC News: Eve Arnold dies

Wikipedia: Eve Arnold

Guardian: Eve Arnold's most memorable shots