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Surroundings

I’ve always find portrait photography interesting. To be able to capture a person’s personality in one single frame is just an amazing challenge. And not many photographers master this skill the way Arnold Newman does. The amazing portraits by  Newman has inspired me greatly. What Newman does is including the surroundings in his portraits. Most famous example is that of Igor Stravinsky. Allegedly, the now famous photo of Stravinsky was rejected by the magazine who commissioned the shoot. Arnold Newman is able to reflect the personalities of all the famous ones as no other. Sometimes he translates his feelings about a person brilliantly. He did this beautifully with convicted Nazi war criminal, an industrialist, Alfred Krupp.

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