Joining Magnum in 1957 as the agency’s first female photographer, Eve Arnold captured some of the most significant individuals and groups of the era. Arnold was self-taught; the only formal training she received was a brief course at the New School for Social Research in New York, with Alexey Brodovitch, the renowned art director of Harper’s Bazaar. It was on assignment for this class that Arnold sought to address the artificiality of fashion photography in the 1950s, and at the same time give some attention to the black fashion world that was not acknowledged by the dominant fashion press of the day. In Harlem, a black area in a segregated New York, over 300 fashion shows were taking place a year. Arnold contacts a model agent who supplied models for such shows, and he invited her to come and meet his star model, Charlotte Stribling, known as “Fabulous.”
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