Joan Crawford by Eve Arnold


There is a series of pictures on Joan Crawford doing her toilette by Eve Arnold, but this one depicts the intimacy between the photographer and the subject. Eve Arnold and the actress were close friends. She would take the pictures of Joan nude as the latter was drunk, and Joan would insist on Eve taking her pictures even after Eve Arnold had moved on from celebrity photography. 

Even after she turned 50, Joan Crawford insisted on Eve taking nudes of her. She stripped down in a dressing room where she was trying clothes on as Eve returned to take a photo of Joan and her adopted daughter, much to the chagrin of the photographer who mentioned that “something happens to flesh after 50” and refused to use the photographs taken that day.

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