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Marvin E. Newman (American, 1927- ) will have an exhibition of his photographs at Silverstein Photography from February 11 - March 11, 2006. The exhibition will be shown in two parts (Part II in 2007). Part I features over 100 vintage photographs that were produced between 1949-1958.

Newman was born in New York City and grew up in the early years of the Depression. He graduated from Brooklyn College’s Bauhaus-influenced design department studying photography with Walter Rosenblum and sculpture with Burgoyne Diller. At Rosenblum’s suggestion, he joined the Photo League in 1948, working and learning in the communal darkrooms.

After graduation, Newman continued his education in Chicago at the Institute of Design (now Illinois Institute of Technology). He found the school to be a highly stimulating and creative environment where artists, scientists, and technologists debated innovation. At the Institute, he studied under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. In 1952, Newman was one of the first students at IIT to earn a Master of Science degree in Photography.

In 1953, Newman returned to New York City and was a featured young photographer in Edward Steichen’s Museum of Modern Art show, “Always the Young Stranger.” Concurrently, he became active in the magazine field working for Life, Look, Sports Illustrated, and other publications. Because of his background as an athlete, Newman quickly succeeded in the sports world and became famous for many of sports’ best-known photographs.


Marvin E. Newman’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, International Center for Photography, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art. His work is held in many collections including the Eastman House, Museum of Modern Art, and International Center for Photography. He has received numerous accolades and awards over the past 50 years, including national contests at American Photography (1950) and Time, Inc (1951). The artist continues to work in New York City.

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