The Lost World: Eve Arnold’s China – Janine di Giovanni

The Times writes about a new exhibit of photographer Eve Arnold:

Sat Mag Cover 247644AIn 1979, after a 15-year struggle to get a visa, photojournalist Eve Arnold took the first of her two trips to China, a journey she had long wanted to make. “From the very beginning of my becoming a photographer,” she once wrote, “high on the agenda was a plan to go to China.”

For many years, it was impossible. Red China, as it was then known, and America, the place of Arnold’s birth, were sworn enemies. But if anyone could break that deadlock, it was Eve Arnold. She’d had a distinguished career as one of the first women to join the prestigious Magnum Photos (founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, among others). Her trademark was to tell a great, visual story, to use her camera as an instrument for capturing lives. [Full text]

[Image via The Times]


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