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Eve Arnold: in Forlì, 170 photographs follow her work

It continues until January 7, 2024, at the Civic Museum of San Domenico in Forlì exhibition Eva Arnold. Work, 1950-1980edited by Monica Poggi.

The great protagonist of 20th-century photography – she was the first woman who, together with Inge Morathová, was part of the prestigious agency Magnum Photos – moved from fashion photography to investigative reporting and celebrity portraits showing attention and sensitivity above all to men in every area.

Marilyn Monroe
American actress Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses by James Joyce, Long Island, New York, USA, 1955

Eva Arnold’s exhibition in Forlì

The curator emphasizes this: At the center of Eva Arnold’s work is always the human being and the reason that led her to be where she is. Whether his subjects are celebrities recognized around the world or migrants dressed in rags, little changes.” An aspect that emerges from 170 photos that make up the exhibition and which follow the entire production of the American photographer.

From the beginning with images featuring women models from fashion shows in Harlem, in which Eve Arnold – subverting the canons of fashion photography – abandons the pose in favor of spontaneity. TO first reports like the one about the Davis family “typical” American family that owns several plots of land where black workers are exploited: an opportunity for the photographer to show two sides of the economic boom of the 1950s.

Again, I portraits of entertainment and film celebrities, especially Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe with poetic images, far from the idea of ​​unattainability that these wonders have built around themselves. And then international orders on behalf of Magnum. In 1969, he took care of the reporting Behind the veil between Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, a project that led her to make a documentary that would be the first to show the inside of a Dubai harem. However, in 1979 he went to China to document the change in the country after Deng Xiaoping came to power.

Eva Arnold
Young girl, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1969

Eve Arnold’s work is destined to leave its mark, also imbued with a deep bond between the artist and what she photographed. She explained it herself: «I was poor and I wanted to portray poverty; I lost a baby and was obsessed with childbirth; I was interested in politics and wanted to find out how it affects our lives; I’m a woman and I wanted to know about other women.”

Time tables: from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, public holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The ticket office closes one hour earlier. Monday closed.

The exhibition is promoted by the Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì Foundation with the Municipality of Forlì in collaboration with CAMERA – the Italian Center of Photography in Turin and in agreement with Magnum Photos. He accompanies her catalog Eva Arnold which was published by editor Dario Cimorelli.

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