Igor Stravinsky

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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. 

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