Inge Morath

Austrian Photographer

(May 27, 1923 – January 30, 2002) was an Austrian-born photographer. In 1953 she joined the Magnum Photos Agency, founded by top photographers in Paris, and became a full photographer with them in 1955. In 1955 she published her first collection of photographs, of a total of 30 monographs during her lifetime.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born on May 27, 1923.


1937 14 Years Old Morath's first encounter with avant-garde art was the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition organized by the Nazi party in 1937, which sought to inflame public opinion against modern art. "I found a number of these paintings exciting and fell in love with Franz Marc's Blue Horse", Morath later wrote. "Only negative comments were allowed, and thus began a long period of keeping silent and concealing thoughts." … Read More


1948 25 Years Old After the Second World War, Morath worked as a translator and journalist. In 1948, she was hired by Warren Trabant, first as Vienna Correspondent and later as the Austrian editor, for Heute, an illustrated magazine published by the Office of War Information in Munich. … Read More
1949 26 Years Old In 1949, Morath and Haas were invited by Robert Capa to join the newly founded Magnum Photos in Paris, where she started as an editor. … Read More
1951 28 Years Old Morath was briefly married to the British journalist Lionel Birch and relocated to London in 1951. … Read More


1953 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Morath divorced Birch and returned to Paris to pursue a career in photography. In 1953, after Morath presented her first large picture story, on the Worker Priests of Paris, to Capa, he invited her to join Magnum as a photographer. … Read More
1955 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1955 she was invited to become a full member of Magnum Photos. … Read More
1959 36 Years Old In 1959, while photographing the making of The Unforgiven, starring Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, and Audie Murphy, Morath accompanied Huston and his friends duck hunting on a mountain lake outside Durango, Mexico. … Read More
1960 37 Years Old Morath worked again with Huston in 1960 on the set of The Misfits, a film featuring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift, with a screenplay by Arthur Miller. … Read More
1962 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Morath married the playwright Arthur Miller on February 17, 1962 and relocated permanently to the United States.


1965 42 Years Old …  The writer Philip Roth, whom Morath photographed in 1965, described her as "the most engaging, sprightly, seemingly harmless voyeur I know. … Read More


1992 69 Years Old …  The film Copyright by Inge Morath was made by German filmmaker Sabine Eckhard in 1992, and was one of several films selected for a presentation of Magnum Films at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007. … Read More
2002 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, working with film director Regina Strassegger, Morath fulfilled a long-held wish to revisit the lands of her ancestors, along the borderlands of Styria and Slovenia. … Read More
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