• How have photographers attempted to reveal more about the sitter for a
portrait than merely their appearance?
• Compare and Contrast how the portrait has changed throughout the
history of photography.
• Compare and contrast how the development of photographic portraiture
has been influenced by Painting and vice versa.
• To reveal the individual before his camera, to transfer the living quality of
that individual to his finished print...Not to make road maps but to record
the essential truth of the subject; not to show how this person looks, but
to show what he is. - Edward Weston - Edward Weston's definition of the role of the
portrait photographer. ("The Portrait in Photography", Reaktion Books, London 1992, Mick Gidley, p136 –
137). Discuss portraits by a number of photographers that seem to
articulate Weston’s vision for portraiture and compare them with those
that fall short.
• Creativity with portraits involves the invocation of a state of rapport when
only a camera stands between two people...mutual vulnerability and
mutual trust. - Minor White, (Mirrors, messages, manifestations by Minor White)
• Sam Taylor •
• Claude Cahun •
Cecil Beaton • Nicholas
• Diane Arbus
• Hans Holbein
• Jan Van Eyck
• Lucien Freud
• Francis Bacon
• Frida Kahlo
• Van Gogh
• John Singer
• Edgar Degas
• Paul Bonnard
Photographs his family
Provides and alternative to the
sanitized and heavily edited
family albums we are more used
As he wanted to use these images
to make paintings from he makes
strong references to the paintings
of Vuillard, Bonnard and the
• Awkward adolescent
subject isolated from
• In transition
• Similar to Diane Arbus?
HELLEN VAN MEENE
• Untitled 2000
• Awkward pose noticed not constructed
• Contrast between clothing, make-up and body stage.
Job Hunt 1976
After three weeks he still couldn’t find a job.
His mother said to him, ‘maybe you’re not good enough’.
Scarred for Life series