This is one of my very favorite photographs hanging on the wall at Chez Bean. Taken in Mongolia in 1979 it's a militia soldier training a horse to play dead.
One of the giants of 20th century photography, Eve Arnold, captured this image during her six years spent working in China.
Miss Arnold was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic sank. She became interested in photography in her mid-thirties and in 1951 became the the first female member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency.
Besides her China photos she is perhaps best known for her many pictures of Marilyn Monroe taken over a ten year period.
So why do I bring all this to your attention today? Because if you live in the Bad Place you are in luck just this once. My friend David is presenting a major exhibition of Eve Arnold's photographs at his gallery beginning this Saturday, 29 March.
I don't know exactly which photos will be on display but here are a few more of her images that I really love.
Retired Chinese Worker.
If you missed the link above, the David Gallery is at 5797 Washington Boulevard in Culver City, Ca. 90232. If you go, please say hello for me.
Oh, I saved the most interesting thing about Eve Arnold for last. I told you she was born in 1912. Well, it turns out she is still alive! At 95 she doesn't take pictures anymore but is still active in managing her photo portfolio. Neat, huh?