A preoccupation with abstraction, combined with an interest in the documentation of people in their natural surroundings, was the basis upon which I built my approach to portraiture. The portrait of a personality must be as complete as we can make it. The physical image of the subject and the personality traits that image reflects are the most important aspects, but alone they are not enough….We must also show the subject’s relationship to his world either by fact or by graphic symbolism. The photographer’s visual approach must weld these ideas into an organic whole, and the photographic image produced must create an atmosphere which reflects our impressions of the whole.
-Arnold Newman, born March 3, 1918, died June 6, 2006.
Quote is from the book One Mind’s Eye – The Portraits and other Photographs of Arnold Newman, 1974, published by David R. Godine, Boston