The first woman to have joined the Magnum agency, in 1951, Eve Arnold had studied alongside Harper’s Bazaar’s Alexey Brodovitch and had first practiced fashion photography. She rapidly depicted portraits of numerous celebrities such as Malcolm X, Andy Warhol, Paul Newman or Jackie Kennedy but she also travelled the world to document the apartheid in South Africa or communism in China and Russia, interested as much in the wealthy than in the most humble. ‘I was poor and I wanted to show what poverty was; I am a woman and I wanted to know everything about women’ that is why the American photographer was the first to capture a birth for Life magazine or did she represent the veiled women of Orient. What most people have retained today are her photographs of Marilyn Monroe who had approached her by saying ‘If you could do that well with Marlene [Dietrich], can you imagine what you can do with me?’ Eve Arnold thus examined the actress as a reporter, capturing her freshness and fragility on set for John Huston’s Misfits or at home far from posed publicity shots. The photographer succeeded in showing how special the ordinary was and how pathetic the lives of glitterati could be.