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From his earliest days as a photographer on the streets of Chicago, Marvin E. Newman has worked to harmonize formal experimentation with a sensitive, ever-present humanism. Whether on editorial commission for Sports Illustrated or Look Magazine (two of the many publications that he contributed to for the better part of five decades), or whether he was capturing the shadows and silhouettes cast by pedestrians on city streets, Newman’s photography has always been structured by a deep fascination with the medium’s fundamental duality: light and shadow.

A pioneering color photographer, Newman helped define a standard for editorial work in that format during the 1950’s, a time when few photographers were shooting in color outside of fashion and advertising.

Looking Past Shadows presents a selection of photographs that spans the breadth of Newman’s career, from his earliest experiments in Chicago up to present day pictures of beachgoers and sunbathers.

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