For Eve Arnold, photography was an art rather than a mechanical task.
One of the greatest names in the history of photojournalism, Arnold died on Wednesday in London aged 99. In fact, the images that she captured on her camera over more than half-a-century immortalised her in history.
Arnold was born to Russian parents in Philadelphia in 1912. And her career included stints with Time and Life magazine and Picture Post. But the most remarkable episode that marked her career was her immense rapport with Hollywood legend Marilyn Munroe, who went on become the subject of a book of Arnold's photographs titled " Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation". Some of the most enduring images of Munroe were captured on Arnold's camera.
Over the decades, Arnold travelled across the world to capture the images of life and people inhabiting various continents. She was always keen on establishing a rapport with those she photographed. Great people like Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and Indira Gandhi too became the subject of her photography.
The obituary carried by the Associated Press quoted her: "Themes recur again and again in my work. I have been poor and I wanted to document poverty; I had lost a child and I was obsessed with birth; I was interested in politics and I wanted to know how it affected our lives; I am a woman and I wanted to know about women."