Marilyn Monroe reclines on a sofa, shoes off, laughing at a joke being told off-camera. Marlene Dietrich pulls a funny face in the recording studio. Today, we are practically drowning in off-the-cuff, ‘private’ moments shared by global superstars, but as Eve Arnold at Newlands House Gallery demonstrates, she was doing this in the 1950s.
While these image feel oh-so-familiar, they were in fact, utterly groundbreaking in their time. Not just for their unrivalled access to the person, but for their removal of the veil between superstar and viewer. It is these, and dozens more equally pioneering, raw images exploring themes of social injustice, civil rights, religion, power, fame, sexuality and birth which form the retrospective at Newland House Gallery.