- Timothy White, “Paul Newman, New York City”, color photograph, 1998
Timothy White has photographed countless celebrities, but he is far from a paparazzo. Although his work features some of the most recognizable faces in film and music, White’s photos succeed where other photographers fail, drawing out pieces of the person behind the persona, revealing something behind the surface of celebrity.
Another example of White’s ability to coax unguarded moments from people accustomed to controlling their public image is his 1998 portrait of Paul Newman. In this image, Newman is sporting his famous tight-lipped, bad-boy stare, complete with aviator sunglasses and cowboy boots, but instead of riding a horse, or motorcycle, Newman is cruising through Central Park on a mini-bike. As with the Taylor portrait, White is poking fun at something, but this time he is allowing Newman to poke fun at himself, and his macho persona.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut will exhibit some of White’s most famous large-scale photographs in “Timothy White: Portraits,” through Sunday, June 5. (203) 438-4519; www.aldrichart.org.