Arnold Newman: Masterclass Exhibit
If you haven’t yet made it to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin to view the first major exhibition of Arnold Newman’s work since his death in 2006, you have until Sunday to give it a go. And you really should.
This collection features more than 200 famous masterpieces featuring some of the most iconic celebrities of his day (just see the very informal portrait of Truman Capote) shot for magazines such as LIFE and Holiday. There is also a great deal of insight into his process of creating an “environmental” portrait with rare additions like contact sheets, manuscripts, correspondence and magazine tear sheets.
There are even insights scattered on walls that explain his creative process in detail. One illuminates how he managed to get his subjects to appear candid instead of posed. One of his tricks involved fiddling with light settings on his camera so he could snap a picture at unexpected moments. Another effective strategy involved packing-up all his things and claiming he’d have to reschedule to a more convenient time when dealing with more difficult individuals.
There is a palpable unifying feel to these photographs even though they’re from different stages of his career. Each one has its own unique perspective, symmetry and stark contrasts. But I won’t give any more away. I’ll just say: you have to see it.
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