Legendary photographer Eve Arnold has died aged 99, her agency Magnum Photos has announced.

‘She will perhaps be best remembered for her exceptional photographs of people; the famous, politicians, musicians, artists and the unknown,’ said Magnum Photos in a statement.

‘Her intimate, sensitive and compassionate ten-year collaboration with Marilyn Monroe has cemented her as one of the most iconic portrait photographers of our time, but it is the long-term reportage stories that drove Arnold’s curiosity and passion.’

Arnold was born in Pennsylvania in 1912 and passed away peacefully yesterday, according to Magnum Photos.

In 1957 she became the first woman member of Magnum after her New York photos caught the eye of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

She received an OBE for services to photography in 2003.