Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 People / Portrait


  • Photographer
    Alexander Newman

In 1943, a six-year-old William Newman stood in a Czechoslovakian field with his mother and her friends as they washed clothes. A Nazi officer would arrive, and reprimand the women. William, crying, was told to ‘shut up’ by the officer but didn’t, resulting in a slap across the face and a pistol pointed at his head. William would suffer traumatic experiences throughout the war, and carry them throughout his life. Despite these memories, witnessing horrors of the world at such a young age, he has maintained an aura of gentleness and kindness, as captured in this series of candid photographs.

Alexander L. Newman is a self-taught, multi-award-winning wilderness, street, and fine art photographer living in Jefferson, Maine, USA. He uses photography as a tool to capture and share the passion he has for the beauty, emotion, and nuance he sees within all aspects of nature and life. Alexander’s approach to photography is about seeking out, discovering, and catching authentic and spontaneous moments with minimal post-editing, not creating staged scenes and visuals.