There are very few artforms more instantly alluring than portrait photography, particularly when it's portrait photography of an artist whose work spanned the bulk of post-war America and whose subjects included starlets such as Marilyn Monroe and Isabella Rossellini.
Eve Arnold learnt her trade from glossy magazines that included Harper's Bazaar. Her candid black-and-whites (and occasional colours) caught public moments and faces with a beguiling intimacy. This exhibition of one hundred pictures had been planned since before her death in January, and would have celebrated her 100th birthday. Instead, it's an 'In celebration of...', and a most fitting tribute.
Your dear Culture section has not covered the exhibitions of Art Sensus previously; the gallery (which sits on the border of Victoria and Westminster) focusses predominantly on a roster of Eastern European artists. Very interesting they are, too. It's a neat juxtaposition: 100 years, 100 pictures, and though Arnold was a great talent a hundred works is a great amount to ingest at one sitting. To get the best of this display return visits are definitely required. It's a shame that the photographer's centennial hasn't been celebrated in a retrospective at a major museum of modern art, but, like the intimacy afforded to her world-famous subjects, you get the first lady of photography all to yourself.
All About Eve is at Art Sensus until 27 April.