Influential and revered photographer and educator Arnold Newman enjoyed a decades-long association with Maine Media Workshops + College, where he taught numerous photographic workshops over the years. The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation has continued his legacy at the college, supporting scholarships, media production, a distinguished lecture series, and the prestigious Arnold Newman Prize in Photographic Portraiture, a cash prize of $20,000 accompanied by an exhibition awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photography.

The recent Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation gift of $1.125M will permanently endow both the prize and scholarships for aspiring photographers at Maine Media. “Arnold Newman had a profound influence on photographers in the latter half of the 20th Century,” noted Maine Media President Michael Mansfield. “That his legacy continues to shape conversations around photography, to support new generations of image makers – portraiture in the 21st century – is truly inspiring.”

Both the Newman Prize and the scholarships often arrive at important moments in a photographer’s career. “The Arnold Newman Prize was instrumental in giving me the freedom to focus all of my energy on a passion project,” says Daniella Zalcman, the recipient of the 2017 prize. “For me, there are few more important investments in a body of work than time. I’m so grateful for the support that the Arnold Newman Prize provided, and for the work I was able to produce as a result.”

On behalf of the foundation, Eric and David Newman said, “Our father taught at the Maine Media Workshops + College for over 30 years and he and our mother considered Maine Media their home away from home. They looked forward to spending time with Maine Media students, staff and faculty in Rockport every summer. They would be thrilled to know that we have been able to honor their memory by establishing and supporting the Newman Prize for Portraiture and the Newman Scholarships in their name.”

Greg Heisler, one of Newman’s former assistants and close friends, commented, “The Newmans’ incredible gift is an expression of Arnold’s lifelong commitment to the medium, his insatiable curiosity about people, and Augusta’s generosity, compassion, and humanity. They deeply valued education and delighted at the discovery of bright new talent. Their gift will make it possible for Maine Media to continue to develop promising young photographers, recognize innovators in photographic portraiture, and bring masters of the medium to share their wisdom, for many years to come.”

“Looking back, I realize one of his greatest legacies was giving and elevating others,” added Louie Palu, the 2019 Newman Recipient. He continued, “It’s funny to think that from when I first met him 33-years ago to today, he would be supporting and inspiring more of my work and for that, I am grateful.”

The significance of the gift is acknowledged through a newly named position, The Arnold and Augusta Newman Provost at Maine Media Workshops + College, a position held by artist and educator Elizabeth Greenberg. Greenberg will oversee and administer both the scholarships and the prize itself, and will announce the 2020 recipient in the coming weeks.

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