On Saturday, March 27, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition of photographs by Arnold Newman. The exhibition, titled “Arnold Newman,” will be on view in the museum’s Craig Gallery through Aug. 8.

Newman (1918-2006) was one of the world’s foremost portrait photographers. His many pictures of prominent subjects, set in intimate surroundings related to their professions and personalities, set a new standard in the field of post-World War II picture magazines. He is recognized as the father of Environmental Portraiture, a style in which the photograph is executed in the subject’s usual environment such as in their home or workplace and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings.

Newman was an important contributor to publications such as New York, Vanity Fair, LIFE, Look, Holiday, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Town and Country, Scientific American, New York Times Magazine and many others. His association with Maine developed over a decades-long involvement with the Maine Photographic Workshop (now the Maine Media Workshop). Among his subjects were some of America’s best-known artists, many of whom themselves had Maine connections. They include Berenice Abbott, Milton Avery, Red Grooms, Edward Hopper, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Italo Scanga, Paul Strand, Joyce Tenneson, Neil Welliver and Andrew Wyeth.

The exhibition and its accompanying catalog, published in cooperation with David R. Godine, will celebrate Newman’s career with particular emphasis on his own Maine connections. The primary media sponsor for Arnold Newman is Maine Home +Design. This exhibition is supported in part by the Overbrook foundation.

Current museum hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12; $10 for senior citizens and students older than 16; and free for younger students, museum members and Rockland residents.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.