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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Arnold Newman 1918–2006

Fernand Michaud, Arnold Newman, about 1970

Arnold Newman, one of the best-known and most accomplished portrait photographers of his generation, died yesterday morning of a heart attack in New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 88.

Arnold Newman Interview

Arnold Newman Portfolio

Posted by: M.J. and O.G.


Anonymous ken tanaka said...

Yet another icon of 20th century photography is gone. It seems as though we've had a persistent drip of such losses recently (HCB, Avedon, Park,

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Newman's work, he's perhaps best known for establishing the "environmental portrait" style. That is, shooting his subjects in settings in which they felt most comfortable and more apt to reveal character. (I understand that, according to those who knew much about Newman, he was actually not particularly fond of the term "environmental portrait".)

Even if Arnold Newman's name is unfamiliar to you I can basically guarantee that you've seen his work, probably many times.

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Blogger John Sarsgard said...

The icons are going quickly. I think it is the nature of a pursuit that was so much of the twentieth century. He was one of my heroes, and not many are left. I guess that is the way things are. More heroes needed. As a portrait photographer, almost all of those who influenced me the most are gone. And Penn is very old.

8:07 PM  

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