Oral history interview with Arnold Newman

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.newman71
Creators:
Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1971 July 17-Aug. 23
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
144 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Arnold Newman conducted 1971 July 17-Aug. 23, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Newman speaks of his early life in New York, Atlantic City, and Miami; learning the basics of photography as an apprentice to Litt Brothers; his West Palm Beach studio and his exhibition at A.D. Gallery in New York. He recalls being discovered by the Museum of Modern Art and Stieglitz and his first portraits of artists. Newman comments on influences on his work; his techniques and equipment and his difficulties with color photography. He discusses commissions; judging photographic talent; LIFE, "Holiday," and "Harper's" assignments and commercial photography. Newman relates anecdotes about some of the artists he photographed and talks about the formation of his own primitive art collection. He reminisces about Ben Rose, Chaim Gross, Jacob Epstein, Ben Shahn, and Alexey Brodovitch.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Arnold Newman (1918-2006) was a photographer by New York, N.Y.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 47 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from Arnold Newman.

Keywords
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Photographers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Brodovitch, Alexey, 1898-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Epstein, Jacob, Sir, 1880-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rose, Ben, 1916-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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