Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Arnold Newman's environmental portraits

Arnold Newman, American, "the first photographer to use so-called environmental portraiture, in which the photographer places the subject in a carefully controlled setting to capture the essence of the individual's life and work. Newman normally captured his subjects in their most familiar surroundings with representative visual elements showing their professions and personalities. A musician for instance might be photographed in their recording studio or on stage, a Senator or other politician in their office or a representative building. Using a large-format camera and tripod, he worked to record every detail of a scene.
"I didn't just want to make a photograph with some things in the background," Newman told American Photo magazine in an interview. "The surroundings had to add to the composition and the understanding of the person. No matter who the subject was, it had to be an interesting photograph. Just to simply do a portrait of a famous person doesn't mean a thing."" (wiki)


Marcel Duchamp

Jean Arp

Aaron Copland

Piet Mondrian

Milton Avery

Man Ray

Igor Stravinsky

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Stella

Georgia O'Keeffe

Josef Albers

Roy Lichtenstein

Woody Allen

O'Keeffe and Stieglitz

Richard Lindner

Roman Vishniac

Alfried Krupp

Bill Clinton

Claes Oldenburg

Max Ernst

Emperor Haile Selassie I

Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Sir Cecil Beaton

Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank

Marc Chagall

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Louise Nevelson

Leonard Bernstein

Joan Miro

Jean Dubuffet

Jacob Lawrence

Isamu Noguchi

I. M. Pei

Eleanor Roosevelt

Diana Vreeland


Arthur Miller

Ansel Adams

Alexander Calder

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