'Born in Chicago in 1953, Arbeit was raised in Northern California. When Arbeit was 16, the family moved to Oahu,
Hawaii, and the beauty of islands awakened Arbeit's senses. 'It's paradise on Earth,' he says quite simply. At 18,
Arbeit enrolled in the University of Hawaii to study art and photography, and started shooting wedding portraits
in his spare time for pocket money. A few years later, he decided to focus solely on photography, and transferred
to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. During his third year there, he met Newton through
a mutual friend. Newton took Arbeit on as an assistant, and Arbeit looked to Newton as a 'photo guru.' 'I drilled
him with every question I could think of Arbeit remembers. 'And he shared with me his philosophy about photography:
how to deal with magazines, ad agencies, art directors, models and create an image concept. He said, 'Always
remember your clientthe clothes you are photographing. Never forget why you are there.'

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