Jacob Lawrence with "The Visitors"
Arnold Newman ( American, 1918 - 2006 )
Arnold Newman, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, crafted an approach to photography called "environmental photography," which combined sitter and surroundings in a manner revealing the personality in front of the lens. His image of Jacob Lawrence, taken in 1959 with the then-unfinished painting The Visitors (now in the Dallas Museum of Art collection), presents both subjects as works in progress: Lawrence as an artist at mid-career, and the painting in the middle stages of completion.
DMA label copy
Jacob Lawrence, Biography
Learn more about the artist from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Watch this video from LACMA about Jacob Lawrence and his work.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Read about the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s which had a profound impact on the work of Jacob Lawrence.
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
Read a biography of photgrapher Arnold Newman.