Eve Arnold
“I would prefer photography to be a folk art – cheap and available to everybody, rather than elevated to mandarin proportions created through an artificial scarcity,” said the late photojournalist Eve Arnold, whose family has just released 15 of her prints as “affordable art” posters (£30). Arnold made her name snapping Hollywood’s glitterati, but equally recognised are her shots of “the poor, the old and the underdog”. In 1957, she became the first woman to be a member of Magnum. Standout works from the selection – which usually retail from £1,000 – include the Civil Rights Movement, a snapshot of 1970s Mongolia and previously unseen images of Marilyn Monroe, who trusted Arnold as her personal photographer for over a decade. evearnold.com

Marilyn Monroe learning her lines during the filming of ‘The Misfits’ in Reno, US, 1960
Marilyn Monroe learning her lines during the filming of The Misfits in Reno, US, 1960 © Eve Arnold
Two girls apply make-up in the ladies’ room before an integration dinner party during a civil-rights strike in Virginia, US, 1958
Two girls apply make-up in the ladies’ room before an integration dinner party during a civil-rights strike in Virginia, US, 1958 © Eve Arnold
Model Charlotte Stribling – aka “Fabulous” – waits backstage for her entrance cue to model clothes designed and made in the Harlem community, New York, 1950
Model Charlotte Stribling – aka “Fabulous” – waits backstage for her entrance cue to model clothes designed and made in the Harlem community, New York, 1950 © Eve Arnold
Black Muslim children at New York’s Metropolitan Museum being taught Black history, 1961
Black Muslim children at New York’s Metropolitan Museum being taught Black history, 1961 © Eve Arnold

Hundred Heroines
This is the only UK charity dedicated to “advancing public awareness of women in photography”. As part of its mission, the organisation tracks down, preserves and celebrates archives that might have been forgotten or mislaid, which involves working with numerous estates, from Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first female photojournalist, to Hong Kong photographer Nancy Sheung. “It’s vital that the archives of contemporary women in photography do not end up neglected,” says founder Del Barrett, “and fundamental that the legacy heroines of tomorrow are not written out of history, as so many of their predecessors have been.” hundredheroines.org

'Untitled’, from the series Swell (in progress), by Katrin Koenning
Untitled, from the series Swell (in progress), by Katrin Koenning © Katrin Koenning
'Your Reservation Is Confirmed (Garden)’, 2018, by Yushi Li
Your Reservation Is Confirmed (Garden), 2018, by Yushi Li © Yushi Li
‘Rehana Mogul and Mani Turner at work in sculpture class at the JJ School of Arts’, Bombay, late 1930s, by Homai Vyarawalla
Rehana Mogul and Mani Turner at work in sculpture class at the JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, late 1930s, by Homai Vyarawalla © HV Archive/Alkazi Collection of Photograph
'Drama School 2006’, by Hannah Starkey
Drama School 2006, 2006, by Hannah Starkey © Hannah Starkey, courtesy of Maureen Paley, London
‘The Pigtail’, 1966, by Nancy Sheung
The Pigtail, 1966, by Nancy Sheung © Nancy Sheung

Tish Murtha
1970s and ’80s Newcastle was the backdrop for social-documentary photographer Tish Murtha’s work chronicling the inequalities faced by working-class communities in the UK. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Murtha shared the same streets as her subjects, but little is known about the artist herself. Now, eight years after Murtha’s death, her daughter Ella is working with director Paul Sng on a documentary celebrating her work. “I’d like people to know who Tish Murtha was, and for her character to jump out of the screen the way her photos do,” says Ella. A crowdfunding campaign was launched this month to support the project, with production beginning in April if enough funds are raised. tishmurtha.co.uk

Richard and Louise, from Elswick Kids, 1978, by Tish Murtha
Richard and Louise, from Elswick Kids, 1978, by Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved
‘Kids Jumping onto Mattresses’ from Youth Unemployment, 1981, by Tish Murtha
Kids Jumping onto Mattresses, from Youth Unemployment, 1981, by Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved

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