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Ransom Center Acquires Arnold Newman Archive


 The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archive of photographer Arnold Newman.

Newman, who died in June 2006, was recognized as a master of environmental portraits taken in the subjects' personal or professional surroundings. His work includes images of such 20th-century luminaries as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Pablo Picasso and Truman Capote.

The archive spans the late 1930s to the current decade, and contains all of Newman's negatives, slides and color transparencies; his original contact sheets; and more than 2,000 prints, including examples of color and collage work. Also included are original sitting books, correspondence and business files, early sketchbooks, photographic albums and some of the many awards Newman received during his lifetime.

In conjunction with the acquisition, the center has established the Arnold Newman Fellowship in Photography to support scholarly research into its photography collection, including study on Newman's career and works. A slide show of works from the archive can be viewed at newman.html.