Arnold Newman Environmental Portraiture

Arnold Newman was born March 3, 1918 in New York City. He also died in New York City on June 6, 2006.

Arnold Newman is acknowledged as the pioneer of environmental portrait photography. He began his carrier as an environmental photographer in 1938 working at chain portrait studies in Philadelphia.

Newman learned his trade making 49 cent portraits at a studio in Philadelphia. He experimented nonstop with portrait photography.

Newman began working for chain portrait studies, He then moved and worked at Beaumont Newhall of the Museum of Modern Art.

The camera Newman used was a large camera with a tripod and he used it to try to record every detail.

Newman used artificial light when it was necessary, He liked to shoot with natural light mostly. Newman rarely used strobe lights.

Newman was influenced by flemish painters such as Picasso. Newman had the Newman had the opportunity of watching Mondrian work, and he particularly admired Mondrian's.

Newman got his first photography job working at a school that taught photography. It was during the depression so Newman's father lost his job and Arnold was only making $16 a week. Newman learned about photography through his job.

I chose this photographer because I really enjoy looking at portraits, although I don't like to shoot them they are one of my favorite techniques.

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