a child, Newman studied painting and drawing. Encouraged by
his family, he grew up with a strong interest in the Arts;
always interested in observing what was going on around him
at home and on the street:
"One picture had to say as much as possible about
what I felt or thought, how I felt about people and the interesting
ways physical things happened. As a kid, most of the stuff
I drew was about people".
In the 1920's and 1930's when modern painters began to work
less from life and more from the imagination, young photographers
like Newman embraced the portrait.
In the early 1940's, his photographs of people began to dance
with psychological insight, triggering one of the most creative
periods of his career. He found that by concentrating on,
and experimenting with, the interaction between figure and
environment, he could symbolically express insight into the
personality of his subject.
When Newman's first New York exhibition opened at A.D. Gallery
in 1941, the show was a great success. Art Directors of major
publications recognised Newman's talent and the curator, Beaumont
Newhall, bought pictures for the Museum of Modern Art.
Newman decided to stay in New York, where he embarked on an
ambitious series of portraits of artists whom he met and befriended.
These portraits led to national recognition after his solo
exhibit, 'Artists Look Like This', at the Philadelphia Museum
of Art (1945-46).
In 1946 he received the first of many assignments for publications
such as Harper's Bazaar, Fortune and Life. In 1957 he received
the first Annual Photojournalism Conference Award from the
University of Miami.
Newman has had solo exhibitions worldwide, although for the
early part of his career he exhibited mainly in the United
States. Venues included the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Art
Institute of Chicago; The Light Gallery, NY; the Portland
Art Museum, Oregon; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
and the International Centre of Photography, New York.
For other wonderful portraits please explore the work of celebrated
African artists Seydou
Keïta & Malick
Sidibé as well as world-renowned photojournalist
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