Iconic Photos

Famous, Infamous and Iconic Photos

Igor Stravinsky

with 6 comments


Arnold Newman created many of the 20th centuries’ famous portraits. His lens captured everyone from the writers and artists to presidents, tyrants and kings in the pictures which reflect the sitters’ personalities. 

His black and white portrait of Igor Stravinsky seated at a grand piano became his signature image, even though it was rejected by the magazine that gave the assignment to Newman. Taken during a rehearsal in New York (December 1, 1946), the image juxtaposes Stravinsky with the piano, and together they form the shape of a musical note. 


Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

May 5, 2009 at 12:21 am

Posted in Culture

Tagged with ,

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. This is one of my favorite photographs of all time.


    November 26, 2009 at 12:03 am

  2. […] to understand a person he had to show the surroundings. One of Newman’s most famous images is the “Stravinsky at the piano”, an image of composer Igor […]

  3. This is one of those iconic portraits that every photographer should appreciate.

  4. […] Iconic Photos […]

  5. […] it conceivable that while Arnold Newman was shooting his world-famous portrait of Igor Stravinsky sitting at a piano, that perhaps Joe Middleclass conceived that same photograph, at the same time, in some un-exotic […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: