Equality diversity inclusion in Portrait Photography
Portrait photography is the art of
photographing an individual or small
group of people.
The real goal to portrait photography is to
demonstrate the mood, personality or
likeness of a person(s).
Your Portraiture Final Outcomes
• You need to produce 2-4 final images
• These should tackle an issue of
equality, diversity or inclusion through
portraits of people
• Include your artist statement before your final
• Attempt to give each image must have a 50
• All images need to printed A4 on photo paper
"Mann's subjects are her small
children (a boy, a girl, and a
new baby), often shot when
they're sick or hurt or just
Nosebleeds, cuts, hives, chicken
pox, swollen eyes, vomiting—
the usual trials of childhood—
can be alarmingly
beautiful, thrillingly sensual
moments in Mann's portrait
album. Her ambivalence about
motherhood—her delight and
despair—pushes Mann to delve
deeper into the steaming mess
of family life than most of us
are willing to go. What she
comes up with is astonishing."
—Vince Aletti, The Village Voice
"Immediate Family, which was published in 1990, must be counted as one of the great photograph books of our time. It is a
singularly powerful evocation of childhood from within and without..."
His early work showed a remarkable mastery of large format photography in situations where
one would expect to see 35mm cameras; his portrait work includes a series on four sisters taken
over a 15-year period and images of people with AIDS.
• Phillippe Bazin – Faces (the radicalisation of the world)
The Everyday Olympian documents people involved in local community sports, be it a 12 year
old swimmer, 60 year old hockey player or 30 year old amateur boxer. These are the people that
make up the tapestry of sports that thrive at grass roots level across the region. They may not
be an Olympian, however it is through their commitment and participation on a weekly or daily
basis that so many sports still function and exist.
Shot on medium format, all the participants were photographed after taking part in competition
Everyday Olympian was the winner of Magnum Showcase Sports with Ideas Tap 2012, selected
for Foto8 Summershow 2012 and also featured in The Sunday Times magazine.
This body of work has been supported by Kalaboration, Arts Council England and the Cultural
• Diane Arbus
March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971, An American photographer and writer noted for black and white square
photographs of "deviant and marginal people or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal. Diane
believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the
difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really did see – the flaws. A friend said
that Arbus said that she was “afraid” that she would be known simply as 'the photographer of freaks'";
however, that phrase has been used repeatedly to describe her.
Timothy Archibald – sometimes I
• photography was a way of connecting with his autistic son, Eli. Archibald
says, “People jump to all sorts of desperate measures to feel like they’re doing
something— a diet, a new medication, a special doctor…and this helped me feel
like I was doing something.…We got to work as equals on something.”
My work consists of portraits of people with medical disorders that are
invisible to the casual observer. I try to photograph the intangible
beauty that comes from the mental and physical suffering that often
plagues the human condition, but is rarely explored in an honest
manner. I’m interested in the painful and exhilarating experiences that
colour their lives of those suffering from mental and neurological
illness and I attempt to reveal them on the faces of my subjects. Using
the face as a map of psychological experience, I try to unveil the telltale subtleties apparent in each individual’s physiognomy.
Over the course of a year, I photographed individuals who described themselves as
being gravely affected by their psychological and/or physiological illness, responding
to a relevant ad I placed. Each sitter is positioned against a dark background with no
visible signs of clothing, makeup or jewelry. Each person is stripped bare so that
nothing distracts from their often piercing gaze.
Skin Portraits by Adrienne M. Norman
• In 2000 writer and philosopher Drs. Tanny Dobbelaar and I
worked on a series of portraits and interviews with people
who have a chronic skin disorder. Our two year collaboration
resulted in a Dutch language book entitled 'Heftig Vel'.
A photojournalist in the best sense of the word, Sebasiao Salgado is fascinated with people who work hard in
all parts of the world. From landless workers trying to claim property for themselves in Brazil to Oil workers
putting out fires in Kuwait, Salgado's lens captures the beauty in his subjects' gritty reality.
Look at his work: Workers and Genesis (below)
This image designed by Tor Myhren, is
intended as a message to the American public
that they should cast their votes based on the
candidates' policies and ignore their racial
The Beautiful People Project – portraits taken across India over a 10 year
British Asian Musicians
The cultural and historical importance of these
musicians is immense, they represent, reflect and
connect with today’s second and third generation of
British Asians and despite differing styles of music or
the message they project, all have commonalities;
South Asian roots and a place in British Asian
All of the artists who feature in British Asian
Musicians were photographed in a place of
importance to them, places where they have drawn
some of their musical inspiration, whether this is
Soho Road, The Tate Modern, old school parks or
Femmes Algériennes 1960 by Marc
One by one, villagers, predominantly
women, were forced to pose for
Garanger, whose task was to produce the
images needed for new mandatory ID cards.
Less than a year later, Garanger's images of
shamed and angry Algerian women would
become a symbol of French oppression over its
Northern African colony."
Rodeo girls by Ilona Szwarc
Rodeo Girls is an ongoing portrait project about young girls from Texas who compete in rodeos.
These individuals have a fundamentally different idea about their femininity and a contrasting
attitude towards gender roles. They are engaged in activities that traditionally were reserved for
men; they possess great physical strength and demonstrate their dominance over animals. I am
interested in the limitation these girls face in expressing their femininity and the transference of
it onto animals.
Sherman uses photography as a tool to manipulate images of women
that have been spawned by popular culture, with herself as the leading
character in most of the images she creates.
The idea that some of the nation’s best female footballers could pass you on
the street and you would not know them is a telling fact in a world where male
footballers are ranked as celebrities.
Female football players have little or no recognition, but with the new Super
League launched in 2011 and Olympics in 2012 is that about to change? These
women look like your best friend, your average student, the woman you sit next
to on the bus… and they have no airs and graces about them, yet they are all of
these things and also England’s best footballers on the weekends.
Karen Carney maybe a year younger than Wayne Rooney, Sue Smith may have
been voted best footballer in the world, however do they get the recognition
their talent truly deserves?
This PIC (Photo Imaging Council) award winning body of work explores the
recognition and exposure that the women's largest participated UK sport
receives and also the identity of it's players.
100 leading ladies
by Nancy Honey
In today’s Britain, women in senior
management or influential positions over the
age of 55 years are invisible. Statistics highlight
how few women are in positions of
power, from Parliament to the boardroom. Yet
the few who do break through this glass
ceiling remain largely uncelebrated and
Celebrities like Judy Dench are well
known, but who has heard of Averil
Mansfield, the UK’s first female professor of
surgery, Pauline Clare, the first British woman
to become a Chief Constable or Joy
Larkcom, the British woman whose studies
and adventures brought rocket and pak choi
into this country and onto our dinner plates?
Who are these unseen leading ladies?
Nancy Honey – Leading Ladies
In this project 100 older women of major influence in Britain today are photographed and interviewed:
from film studios to science labs and the Houses of Parliament, women from every walk of life, whose
jobs are essential to the running of this country.
What would they tell their younger self? How did they manage their jobs and families? Did their
achievement take its toll? Are young women today attempting too much? Have men’s attitudes shifted
In my own lifetime I have witnessed a profound shift: from little girls imagining their future as marriage
and children to the now total belief from childhood that a woman will grow up to have a career outside
the home. It is more important than ever to see the important women from all fields in our society and
hear their voices of experience.
As one of our subjects says in her interview, there is a woman’s revolution every fifty years and the next
is due just around the corner in 2018.
So as one chapter in the history of women in work comes to a close and another begins, this book will
bring together one hundred portraits, each accompanied by an interview with the sitter telling, in
essence, one hundred stories, each unique, of ‘how I made it work.’
In making invisible women visible, this book will create twenty first century icons. But this book is not a
power list. The women, purposefully, are not ranked according to their influence. The project takes a
deeper, more nuanced look at the myriad and sometimes subtle ways in which women have wielded
influence over the last couple of decades and how that is changing.
Anita Corbin – First Women UK
Anita’s project First Women looks at how
women will be remembered over the past
100 years. In the years leading up to
2018, the 100th anniversary of Women’s
Suffrage, Anita is shooting and collecting 100
iconic portraits of 21st century women who
have achieved the landmark title “First
Woman” across a range of fields.
Celebrities showing off their bumps!
Annunciation by Elina Brotherus
In her series the Annunciation Elina Brotherus (b.
1972, Finland) records herself through years of failed
IVF treatments. Full of art historical
references, Brotherus’ images stand in sharp contrast
to the traditional scenes and symbolism of
While the Virgin Mary receives the news that she is
to give birth to the son of God, Brotherus pictures
herself month after month in-front of a succession of
negative pregnancy tests.
Feelings of elation and abundance are replaced with
those of sorrow and loss. Brotherus’ photographs
question the term ‘mother’, suggesting that it can
stem from intention rather than being bound to
biology or the physical act of having a child.
Breast feeding mothers from their private
New Guinea mud man and a child
Makehen (Japanese Lucha Libre) by
From series ‘The Church’
From series ‘Nomads’
Liz Hingley – Under Gods
(book in the library)
Photographer Liz Hingley’s first image in her
series ‘Under Gods: Stories from Soho Road’
depicts an unremarkable dual carriageway
running north from Birmingham’s city centre.
Under Gods, Soho Road, Liz
But for Hingley, who grew up there, this threemile stretch of road is one of the most varied
and fascinating corners of the country. It is a
junction of diverse faith, where
Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain, Christian and
“Faith is exhibited in all the shops, shown off as
symbols on hats and t-shirts, branded in
tattoos,” says Hingley. “It is religion rather than
race that now defines the local communities.”
This series of photographs are of Gilles Dusein and
Gotscho, lovers who lived in France in 1992 and
1993. The photographs chronicle many important
things, from casual pictures of the caring couple in
relatively good health with knowing expressions of
their imminent health crisis, to Gotscho kissing
Gilles after he passed away from consequences of
the AIDS virus.
By championing the cause of poor
immigrants, child laborers and other
downtrodden folks through his powerfully
straightforward photos, Lewis Hine showed
us how the "Other Half" lived. His passionate
photographs enlightened the world and
brought about legislation that has protected
millions since his work appeared in the early
Broomfield was “one of the first industrial and architectural photographers to use his corporate commissions to
make visionary photographic studies of the workers and the environments in which they worked,” writes the Host
Gallery, which, last year, put on the first retrospective of the photographer’s iconic images of industrial Britain
from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The father of Photo Reportage and co-founder of the legendary Magnum photo agency, "HCB" has influenced generations of photojournalists, documentary photographers and street
photographers. Influenced and inspired by classical and impressionist art and freed by the
portability of the Leica, HC-B changed the way we look at the world around us.
As the curator of the photo collection for the New York Museum of Modern Art, Steichen was the man behind
The Family Of Man, a late 1950's photo exhibition and recently-republished book that was a watershed in the
history of photography because it gave photography mass appeal as an expressive, fine art. His curatorship
brought about a grand era for "Concerned" photography.
During Hollywood's Golden
Era, publicity photos had the power
to make or break stars. George
Hurrell, who perfected the
"glamour" portrait, was the most
sought after glamour photographer
by the big names and the wannabe's.
Cunningham's carreer spanned the first three quarters of the 20th century photographed many
of her subjects draped in exotic clothes in images with moral themes and tableaux representing
works of poets. Later nudes were shocking for their time, but rather tame now.