Arnold Newman - O'keefe - cropped

Arnold Newman. Georgia O'Keeffe, 1968. gelatin silver print, Overall: 61 x 50.8 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Anonymous Gift, 2012. © Arnold Newman Properties/Getty Images (2022). 2015/3973

Arnold Newman

Opens Summer 2023

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American photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006) created some of the most recognizable portraits of the 20th century. In his photographs, the artistic and intellectual lives of many of the most famous artists, composers, actors, and political figures of the post WWII era, come alive, with power and mystery.  

Drawing upon the Art Gallery of Ontario’s extensive holdings, this exhibition aims to present a holistic view of his career - emphasizing the influence of his family, social networks, historical context, cultural heritage, and broader creative interests.

Featuring more than 150 images highlighting his breadth as an artist, the exhibition includes a selection of portraits, including those of renowned artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Henry Moore, and Pablo Picasso, alongside landscapes, abstract compositions, and collages. Seen together, these images – many commissioned for leading magazines – reflect Newman’s significant impact on American visual culture.  

The exhibition is curated by Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography.


Arnold Newman (1918-2006) grew up in a Jewish family in Miami Beach in the 1920s and 1930s when segregation based on religion and race was prevalent. Through family friends he found work assisting different photography portrait studios, where he learned and practiced the technical skills of the medium.

Newman established a reputation as a commercial portrait photographer, setting up a studio in New York in the 1940s and working for Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Look, Time and Holiday. Through this work, he became celebrated as the most-sought after portrait photographer of his day.

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