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On two occasions, Newman admitted, he shot a picture meant to make the subject look like a bad person. One was of Richard Nixon, though Newman later said, “I didn’t do it on purpose to Nixon — he did it to himself.” The other, and probably his most famous picture, is of the German industrialist Alfried Krupp, armaments manufacturer for the Nazis and a personal friend of Hitler; Krupp used prisoners from the camps as slave labor in his factories and literally worked tens of thousands to death. In 1945, he was captured in Canada, brought to trial at Nuremberg, imprisoned, then released in 1951. When Newman photographed him in 1963, he said he “deliberately put a knife in Krupp’s back, visually.” The corroded face looks feral; the deep factory space behind him is lighted in slime greens and miasmal yellows. Imperious smugness has settled deep in the fissures and pores of Krupp’s face. He looks so possessed of arrogant, entitled wickedness that even the devil would shy from him.

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