C/O Berlin, Photography, Berlin, Germany
Saturday March 3, 2012 - Sunday May 20, 2012 - Event ended.
A person’s entire life represented by a single instant. The photographic portrait as a form of visual biography. With great sensitivity and care, Arnold Newman brought these aspects so strongly into the foreground that they became symbols and clues to the person’s character. With their powerful metaphoric quality, his photographs represent a cross-section of twentieth century culture.
"I am interested in what motivates people, what they do with their lives. I would have made a good psychiatrist." Arnold Newman
Arnold Newman photographed numerous famous people in his empathetic visual language—Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Konrad Adenauer, John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Martha Graham— but hated the idea of celebrity when it was devoid of achievement. His portraits represent a search for exceptional individuals who were realizing their own ideas with exceptional ability. He was interested in what, not who, people were.
Newman loved teaching, as many of his students attest. "Masterclass" shows that there are still many lessons to be learned from this master. The exhibition comprises 200 vintage black-and-white Photographs from the oeuvre of the most influential portrait photographer of the twentieth century. The posthumous retrospective includes Arnold Newman’s most famous portraits but also many who have previously escaped attention, along with still lifes, architectural studies, early street photography, and revealing contact sheets that have never been shown before publicly. The retrospective has been curated by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, by William Ewing, in Collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas.
A catalog has been published by Thames & Hudson to accompany the exhibition.
Partner FEP Minneapolis/Paris . Harry Ransom Center
Sponsored by Weberbank
Supported by The Mandala Hotel . Dinamix
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