Arnold Newman  (American, 1918-2006) 

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Arnold Newman (American, 1918–2006) was one the most celebrated and influential portrait photographers of the 20th century, known for his “environmental portraits” of artists and cultural icons. Newman was born in New York City in 1918, and attended high school in Miami. He studied painting at the University of Miami on scholarship for two years, before—having run out of financial support for his studies—moving to Philadelphia to work as a photographer. There, he worked as a 49-cent portrait photographer, where he learned the importance of interacting with his subjects. While in Philadelphia, he shot some of his first portraits, focusing on Expressionist artists as his subjects. Newman moved to New York City in 1946, where he went on to shoot assignments for magazines, such as Look and Harper’s Bazaar, and he developed his signature approach to portraiture. Unlike other portrait photographers of his time, such as Richard Avedon (American, 1923–2004), Newman depicted his subjects in their natural surroundings; his style was referred to as “environmental portraiture”—a term Newman rejected due to the esoteric connotations of such a label. Arnold stressed that he was motivated by a genuine interest in his subjects, and in the craft of photography. He is well-known for his portraits of artists, such as Igor Stravinsky, Marilyn Monroe, and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), and political figures (which he focused on in the 1960s), such as John F. Kennedy and German war-criminal Alfried Krupp. Newman taught photography at Cooper Union in New York, and was the recipient of both the Lucie and Infinity Awards for photography. He died on June 6, 2006, in New York City, at the age of 88.

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Arnold Newman, Igor Stravinsky, New York, City

 

Arnold Newman
Igor Stravinsky, New York, City
1946

Scott Nichols Gallery
Arnold Newman, Jacques Lipschitz

 

Arnold Newman
Jacques Lipschitz
1946

Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.
Arnold Newman, Piet Mondrian, New York

 

Arnold Newman
Piet Mondrian, New York
1942

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Arnold Newman, Letters, New York City

 

Arnold Newman
Letters, New York City
1941

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Arnold Newman, Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, France

 

Arnold Newman
Pablo Picasso, Vallauris, France
1954

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Arnold Newman, Igor Stravinsky, New York City

 

Arnold Newman
Igor Stravinsky, New York City
1946

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Arnold Newman, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, New York City

 

Arnold Newman
Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, New York City
circa 1944

Howard Greenberg Gallery
Arnold Newman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

 

Arnold Newman
Georgia O'Keeffe, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
1968

Scott Nichols Gallery
Arnold Newman, Igor Stravinski

 

Arnold Newman
Igor Stravinski
1946

Fifty One Fine Art Photography
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Arnold Newman, Igor Stravinsky

 

Arnold Newman
Igor Stravinsky, 1946
gelatin silver print, mntd

 

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Arnold Newman, David Hockney in his studio

 

Arnold Newman
David Hockney in his studio, 1978
gelatin silver print, mntd

 

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Arnold Newman, Jean Arp * Joan Miro (2 works)

 

Arnold Newman
Jean Arp * Joan Miro (2 works), 1949-1955
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1918   Born March 3, New York City
2006   Died at his home in Manhattan
2007   Arnold Newman: The Early Work, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2006   Beverly Hills 1962 - Marilyn Monroe by Arnold Newman, Hartmann Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2003   Sessions, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2000   Arnold Newman, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
1999   Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
1999   Arnold Newman's Gift: 60 Years of Photography, International Center of Photography, New York City
1993   Provincetown, Massachusetts
1992   Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
1992   Arnold Newman's Americans, National Portrait Gallery
1991   Artist's Choice-Chuck Close Head- On, Museum of Modern Art
1991   Art of the Forties, Museum of Modern Art
1990   Howard Greenberg Gallery New York City
1989   Camera Portraits, National Portraits Gallery
1988   Master Photography in the Fine Arts 1959 - 1967, , International Center of Photography
1988   The Instant Likeness: Polaroid Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
1988   5 X 5, El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Venezuela
1988   Picturing Greatness, Museum of Modern Art
1988   Collages and Recent Photgraphs, Sidney Janis Gallery New York City
1987   Arnold Newman in Florida, Norton Gallery of Art West Palm Beach, Fl
1986   Arnold Newman: Five Decades, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, Ca
1986   Arnold Newman: Five Decades, Pori Art Museum Finland
1985   American Images - Photography, 1945 - 1980, Barbican Art Gallery London
1984   Arnold Newman: Other Photographs, Daniel Wolf Gallery New York City
1984   Galerie Octant Paris
1980   Lowe Art Museum University of Florida
1978   Arnold Newman- Recent Photographs, LIGHT Gallery New York City
1949   In and Out of Focus, Museum of Modern Art
1941   AD Gallery