Arnold Newman ‘One Hundred’

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Published to coincide with the centennial of Arnold Newman’s birth, Arnold Newman: One Hundred offers a celebratory look at 100 of the photographer’s most provocative and memorable images. Arnold Newman (1918–2006) is widely renowned for pioneering and popularizing the environmental portrait. With his method of portraiture, he placed his sitters in surroundings representative of their professions, aiming to capture the essence of an individual’s life and work. Though this approach is commonplace today, his technique was highly unconventional in the early 1940s when he began shooting his subjects. His environmental approach to portraiture was influenced by symbolism and defined by the imperative of captivating the viewer no matter how well known the subject was. Newman captured the likeness of a vast range of figures, from artists to scientists and actors to presidents. The book interweaves the portraits with a selection of Newman’s earlier abstractions and still lifes and thus illuminates the photographer’s development and creative process. The carefully composed formal elements of his early images are echoed in his portraiture and demonstrate his understanding and assimilation of the modernist and cubist ideas that were manifest in the work of many of the artists he photographed and befriended.

Specifications:   Radius Books / Howard Greenberg Gallery ・ 2018 ・ Hardcover ・ 25 x 31 cm. / 224 pages ・ English ・ 9781942185529

Born in New York City in 1918, Arnold Newman grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Miami Beach, Florida. He was given a scholarship to study art at the University of Miami from 1936 to 1938. He began his career in photography working at portrait studios in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and West Palm Beach, while making abstract and documentary photographs on his own. While socializing with students at what was then called the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts, he was introduced to an experimental approach to portraiture encouraged by Alexey Brodovitch, the influential art director of Harper’s Bazaar who was teaching there at the time. In 1941, Beaumont Newhall—the first director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art—and Alfred Stieglitz discovered his work and gave him an exhibition at the A.D. Gallery. In 1945, a solo show titled “Artists Look Like This” was exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and attracted national attention. Newman was an important contributor to publications such as the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Life, Look, Holiday, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Town & Country, Scientific American, the New York Times Magazine, and many others. In addition to numerous monographs, he contributed photographs to countless histories of photography, catalogues, articles and television programs throughout his career. Newman was the recipient of awards including the American Society of Media Photographers, The Lucie Award, The Royal Photographic Society Centenary Award as well as France’s “Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.” In 2005, Photo District News named Newman as one of the 25 most influential living photographers. In 2006, he was awarded The Gold Medal for Photography by The National Arts Club. Newman was the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and lectured and conducted workshops throughout the U.S. and the world.

 

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