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Arnold Newman

Born March 3, 1918 in New York City
Died July 2006.
Spent his early years in Atlantic City and Miami Beach.
and resided in New York for many years.

Portrait of Igor Stravinsky

Known for:
"Environmental portraits", capturing the subject in a setting reflective of his or her vocation and personal creativity.

Most Popular Images:
Igor Stravinsky (above), Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Dwight D. Eisenhower, many others.

Did you know ... ?
Newman studied art on scholarship at the University of Miami, 1936-38 and was forced to leave due to economic reasons.
Newman was offered a job through a friend of the family, Leon A. Perskie, a professional photographer, to work as an apprentice. It was here that Newman began to develop his passion for photography, which soon replace painting as his medium of choice. Some of his earliest influences were from images in magazines (like Vanity Fair), as well as the photographs of the Farm Security Administration, principally Walker Evans.
Newman worked in various photographic studios until moving to New York in 1941. His images from 1938-1940 exhibit elements of pictorial concern such as realism, genre and a sensibility stemming from physical demands of the Depression.

"We don't take photographs with our cameras, we take them with our hearts and our minds. They are a reflection of ourselves, what we are, and what we think.".

"A preoccupation with abstraction, combined with an interest in the documentation of people in their natural surroundings, was the basis upon which I built my approach to portraiture. The portrait of a personality must be as complete as we can make it. The physical image of the subject and the personality traits that image reflects are the most important aspects, but alone they are not enough...We must also show the subject's relationship to his world either by fact or by graphic symbolism. The photographer's visual approach must weld these ideas into an organic whole, and the photographic image produced must create an atmosphere which reflects our impressions of the whole."

General Format:
Black and white silver gelatin, 11" x 14", 16" x 20", 20" x 24".

Silver gelatin photos from $7500-$25,000.

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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed by Newman; signed au recto in pencil on mount, stamped au verso.

A few vintage photographs are available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Basic camera is a 4 x 5 view camera used on a tripod; Newman has purchased and used every size up to 8 x 10. In recent years he shot with a srl 35mm. Preferred natural lighting; will use artificial light when necessary, mostly bounced floods. He rarely uses strobes.
Newman standardizes his developing and printing. He often only uses a portion of his negative. Prints are archivally finished and mounted on pure rag-board.


Very few are available

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