Study the Masters: Arnold Newman
Last week I introduced you to Yousuf Karsh. American-born Arnold Newman (1918-2006) was his contemporary and the studying the two together is an interesting study in voice. Both photographed largely in black and white, both photographed celebrities, artists, and luminaries of their generation, and both used simple composition. To my eye, Newman is more graphic, though he leans no less on the importance of moment and emotion. He also feels a little more casual and, without taking anything away from Karsh, feels a little more accessible. His portraits of Picasso, above, and of Stravinsky, below, are among my favourites.
“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds,” ~ Arnold Newman
There’s a great article over on My Modern Met about Newman, here, and it’s a good introduction to his work.
If you’re looking to get a book, there are two I recommend. The first is One Mind’s Eye (Amazon link) and the second is Masterclass: Arnold Newman, by William A. Ewing. (Amazon link)
Within The Frame Giveway: Signed Print Folio
As part of Within The Frame month, which we’re celebrating over here in wild style (My book, Within The Frame, came out 5 years ago. There has been wine, and there’s a good chance there will be again,) I wanted to do a couple giveaways. In part I’m hoping to bring new interest to a […]
Study the Masters: Yousuf Karsh
Yousuf Karsh was one of my earliest influences. His portraits, much of his work in black and white, were simple, elegant, and deeply human. An Armenian-Canadian, Karsh was born in Turkey in 1908, worked most of his life in Ottawa, and died in 2002, leaving behind a lifetime of beautiful portraits of the leaders of […]
Making Within The Frame
The original cover concept I sent the publisher. I’m glad they over-ruled me. Six years ago, I got a phone call from a publisher asking me to write a book. The original author had bailed due to health issues, and they wanted to know if I was interested. I wasn’t, but it got my foot […]
Within The Frame Giveaway: Deluxe Edition
Last month I walked into a bindery with two copies of Within The Frame (which is 5 years old this month!) and asked them to make a very special edition of this book. I just picked them up and they’re gorgeous! Custom bound in rich brown goat leather, with black end papers, and silver embossing, […]