New York, 1971

New York, 1971



I’m an editorial and commercial photographer in Westlake Village, CA, near Los Angeles. Although I’ve done many kinds of photography I’m really a photojournalist at heart, taking pictures that try to answer the questions “What’s she like?” and “What’s he like?”

I grew up around visual artists. My dad, Robert Newman, made documentary films. My uncle, Bernard Safran, painted covers for Time magazine. Our neighbor, Lotte Jacobi, was the best-known portrait photographer in Weimar Germany. Inspired by these mentors and others, I graduated with degrees in photography from NYU and humanities from The Johns Hopkins University.

After shooting professionally in my teens and 20s, I’ve had several other careers – in graphic arts, in tech journalism, and, for the past 20 years, in network engineering, running a consultancy with clients on four continents.

I never stopped shooting, but a recent health scare helped me realize photography is the one thing I’ve always done, always wanted to do, and always cared about most. So I’m a photographer again, just as I always have been.

I look forward to working with you on your next project. You can contact me here.