PRESS RELEASE: Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation And Maine Media Workshops Announce Scholarship And Prize For "New Directions In Creative Photographic Portraiture"
Gregory Heisler to Give Lecture and Joins David/Eric Newman to Honor" Father of the Environmental Portrait" During PDN PhotoPlus Expo
New York, NY – September 22, 2009– PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, has announced today that the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation will provide details of a new prize established to identify and reward individuals who exhibit "new directions in photographic portraiture," during the annual PDN PhotoPlus Expo trade show. In addition to announcing the details of the award, Gregory Heisler, world-renowned photographer -- and Artist in Residence at Hallmark Institute of Photography -- will present a lecture of his own work, reflect on Newman’s influence and legacy, and talk about his formative experiences as Newman’s assistant. Heisler's presentation and details of the annual award will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center -- IE Seminar Hall, Rooms IE15/IE16 inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
The "Arnold Newman Prize" for new directions in portraiture will be available as a separate category entry in PDN's Photo Annual competition and will recognize an individual for their innovative approach to photographic portraiture. The prize is sponsored by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation with support from Maine Media Workshops, the American Society of Media Photographers, and Photo District News.
In addition, the Newman Foundation has established an endowment at Maine Media Workshops to provide financial assistance to students in the form of scholarships.
"The Arnold Newman Prize demonstrating excellence in photographic portraiture, and the endowment program established at Maine Media Workshops are wonderful ways to maintain our father's legacy and all his accomplishments as a photographer while providing an opportunity for other photographers to explore their creative vision," explains David Newman, Arnold's son and co-founder of the foundation with his brother Eric.
"By offering financial assistance from the Foundation and public exposure through the Maine Media Workshops and their partners, we are able to encourage and reward excellence in photography," says Eric Newman. "Our parents would be pleased with the opportunities their foundation presents to young and talented photographers," Newman added.
“Arnold Newman was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of our time: passionate, innovative, and utterly unique,” says Gregory Heisler, world-renowned photographer and Artist-in-Residence at Hallmark Institute of Photography, who got his start as Newman’s assistant. “He was truly fascinated by, and curious about, those individuals who enriched and helped shape his world, and this was reflected in his illuminating, incomparable, and definitive portraits. I am honored to be part of this event to pay tribute to both Arnold and Augusta Newman, and to recognize their lifelong accomplishments and contributions to the field of photography.”
Details of the "Arnold Newman Prize" will be made available on October 22 during PhotoPlus Expo and through ASMP, Maine Media Workshops, and Photo District News.
About The Arnold Newman Foundation
The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation was established in 2007 and funded by a generous gift from Augusta Newman. The Foundation’s mission is to further the legacy of Arnold Newman by supporting photographers and photography students and helping to disseminate Newman’s photographic works. The Foundation supports the annual Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, scholarships at the Maine Media Workshops, lectures on photography and exhibits of Newman’s work. See www.arnoldnewmanarchive.com for additional information about the Foundation.
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is the premier trade association for photographers who create images primarily for publication. Founded in 1944, ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers’ rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect art buyers with professional photographers. ASMP has 39 chapters across the country and its members include many of the world’s foremost photographers.
About the Maine Media Workshops
For over 35 years, Maine Media Workshops has offered photography and filmmaking workshops for every level of media artist, whether working professional, serious amateur, high school or college student. Professional certificate and MFA programs are offered through Maine Media College. Students travel from across the country and around the world to study with industry leaders. Arnold Newman served as a member of the school’s master faculty for more than three decades, mentoring emerging artists and influencing generations of imagemakers.
About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus showcases the latest advances in photography, both traditional and digital. Held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services - everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage - all from the industry's leading manufacturers. The show also offers over 100 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on workshops taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.
About PDN www.pdnonline.com
PDN Photo District News is the leading publication for professional photographers and creatives, offering up-to-date information on technologies techniques, market forces and trends to those who take pictures and those who use pictures.
About the PDN Photography Annual www.pdnphotoannual.com
The PDN Photography Annual in May features an extensive portfolio of the best photography of the year selected from 9 genres ranging from Editorial Assignments, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Advertising, Photo Books, Student work to Fine Art. Our Prestigious panel of judges select the work they feel best shows the years most creative, compelling, as well as innovative photography from the past year.
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(First posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 12:34 EDT)