Ingeborg Morath

16.03.2011 in09:41 in Documentary, Old Masters, People -->


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Ingeborg Morath (May 27, 1923 – January 30, 2002) was an Austrian-born photographer.[1] 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.

Morath was sent to forced labour at the Berlin Tempelhof airport for refusing to join the Hitler Youth, but escaped. During and after the war she worked first in Berlin and then Vienna as a photographic assistant. In 1949 she made her way to Paris and later to London, where she studied photography, and later joined the legendary Magnum Photos agency.

While photographing the making of The Unforgiven in 1960, she accompanied its director, John Huston, and his friends hunting ducks. Up the river, she noticed its star, Audie Murphy, in the water, having fallen out of his boat. She stripped to her underwear, reached Murphy, who was in the last stages of exhaustion, and hauled him ashore by her bra strap as the hunt continued uninterrupted.

Morath was with Magnum photographing the filming of The Misfits on location near Reno, Nevada. There, she met playwright Arthur Miller, who had written the film for his then-wife and the film’s star, Marilyn Monroe. Following Miller’s divorce from Monroe, he and Morath married on February 17, 1962. Miller and Morath’s first child, Daniel, was born late in 1962 with Down syndrome. The couple’s second child, Rebecca, was born in September 1963. Rebecca Miller is today a film director and actress.

Ingeborg Morath Miller died of cancer at the age of 78.