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Eve Arnold

From 23 September to 7 January 2024

San Domenico Museums

San Domenico Museums

Piazza Guido da Montefeltro, 12 , Forlì

Opening soon: at 09:30

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The autumn trend of photographic exhibitions promoted by the Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì Foundation, in collaboration with the municipal administration, continues at the San Domenico Civic Museum. The new exhibition appointment in 2023 will be dedicated to one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century: the American Eve Arnold.

To understand her centrality in the history of photography, it is sufficient to remember that Eve Arnold was the first woman, together with Inge Morath, to be part of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency in 1951. With her "passionate personal approach", the only tool considered essential for a photographer, she manages to offer an insight into the last century, offering an attentive point of view to issues that are still central to the public debate.


Determination, curiosity and, above all, the desire to escape from any stereotype or easy categorization have allowed her to produce an eclectic body of works: from portraits of the great stars of cinema and entertainment to investigative reports. Throughout her life, Arnold alternated different themes and contexts: racism in the United States, female emancipation, the interaction between different cultures of the world are some of the topics she dealt with most frequently. His global fame, however, is linked to the numerous services on the sets of unforgettable films, where he portrayed the great stars of the period such as Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Orson Welles and, above all, Marilyn Monroe. Their artistic partnership gives rise to images that have gone down in history, above all for having told the personality of the actress hidden behind the diva facade.

Arnold's career is in all respects a hymn to female emancipation. His subjects are in most cases women: workers, mothers, little girls, divas, nuns, models, students, immortalized with the sole intent of knowing and making known, of understanding and telling their stories.


The exhibition curated by Monica Poggi and created by CAMERA – Italian Center for Photography of Turin, in collaboration with Magnum Photos, is made up of around 170 images, many of which have never been exhibited until now, and presents the complete work of the photographer at starting from the first black and white shots of New York in the 1950s up to the last color works, made at the age of 85, at the end of the century. The richness of this author's work is also underlined by the presence of numerous archive documents, texts, print proofs, books and magazines capable of enriching the discovery of a true legend of photography.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Dario Cimorelli Editore, enriched by numerous texts written by Eve Arnold herself, collected and translated for the first time in this volume.

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