“Photographs are a link to the eternal”from Photography, by London and Upton
~Traditional Portraiture~Environmental Portraiture~Portraits using props/clothing~Portraits that rely on gesture~Portraits taken from the back~Portraits with shadows and reflections~Self-Portraits
Traditional Portraiture~ A straight forward approach to photographing aperson with emphasis placed on the face of thesubject.~ The object is to capture a physical likeness of thesubject, as close to reality as possible.
Julia Margaret Cameron,Mrs. Herbert Duckworth, 1867
Sandy Edwards, from the bookParadise is a Place,1997
Bob GruenJohn Lennon, 1999
Environmental Portraiture~ A portrait of a person taken in front of backgroundor setting which helps to relay somethingmeaningful about that person.
Arnold Newman,Piet Mondrian, 1942
Bernd Lohse,Bookkeeper at the MinoltaCompany, Osaka, 1951
Arthur Tress,Boy in a Fire-Bombed Store 1969
Portraits using props/clothing~Using an object or article of clothing that relates toyour subject can help to convey something uniqueabout that person.
Danny Lyon,Spanky and Cowboy 1965
Edward Steichen,Gloria Swanson, 1926
Arnold Newman,Igor Stravinsky, 1946
Portraits that rely on gesture~By capturing your subject’s body language, i.e. adistinctive hand movement or facial expression,you can provide insight into the personality orprofession of the individual you are photographing.
Yosef Karsh,Martha Graham, 1948
Roy DeCarava,Coltrane No.24, 1963
Alfred Stieglitz,Georgia O’Keeffe, 1920?
Georgia O’Keeffe,Calla Lilies, 1923
Portraits from the back~It is possible to create a meaningful rendering of aperson without focusing on their face.
Onesipe Aguado,Woman Seen From the Back,1862
Imogen Cunningham,Jane and Alice and Imogen,1940
Portraits with shadows orreflections~Using the many different qualities of light andshadow can help to add another layer of interest anddepth to a photograph.
Lee Friedlander,New York City, 1960
Imogen Cunningham,Roi Partridge, 1922
Self-Portraits~Alone with the camera, you can create an honestand revealing portrait of yourself.
Ilse Bing, Self-Portraitwith Mirrors,1957
Ashley Knight-Greenfield,Self-Portrait, 2001
Whitney Hart,Self-Portrait, 2001
More Student Work
Yume Kitasei,Portrait of her Twin, 2001
Susannah Ludwig,Portrait of her Twin, 2001
Ariana Constant,Portrait of her Sister, 2001
Raffi Holznyc-Pimental,Portrait of his Brother, 2001
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