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NEW YORK, 7 June 2006 — World-renowned photographer Arnold Newman died Tuesday of a heart attack in New York City. He was 88.

Arnold Newman was perhaps the best-known photographer of the world’s legendary artists, poets, politicians, actors and scientists. His style, referred to as "environmental portraiture," places his subjects in a physical setting related to their area of expertise, setting a context between the individual and his or her area of greatness.

One of his most famous works is of composer Igor Stravinsky sitting off to the side of a grand piano. Stravinsky’s tiny head is in the corner of the picture, which is dominated by the piano. Another memorable portrait is that of the German industrialist Alfred Krupp.

Born in Manhattan on 3 March 1918, Newman grew up in Atlantic City and Miami showing an early interest and aptitude for art from childhood. He began to study drawing and painting at age 12 and later enrolled at the University of Miami as an art student focusing on painting.

The bleak economic conditions of the Depression forced him to leave school early, but he found a job as an assistant at a Philadelphia photography studio.

Newman began his 62-year career in 1938, and his portraits of American presidents, British leaders, and global celebrities such as Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Raphael Soyer, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Marilyn Monroe, Woody Allen, Ronald Reagan, Truman Capote and Georgia O'Keefe, have resulted in many awards, exhibitions and books on his work. He has photographed every U.S. president since Truman and many were also his private clients, including Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. His photography has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Newman had been an important contributor to publications such as The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Life, Look, Esquire, Holiday, Harpers Bazaar, Travel and Leisure, Town and Country, Scientific American and many others. Newman was the recipient of seven honorary doctorates and had been the subject of numerous television documentaries and interviews. He won numerous awards, including the American Society of Media Photographers Lifetime Achievement in Photography.

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