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The Process, Practice, orThe Process, Practice, or Art of Representing a Person To Dramatically Describe or Depict a PersonTo Dramatically Describe or Depict a Person From Latin Origins - To Draw ForthFrom Latin Origins - To Draw Forth
of individual personalities distinguished by references to character. Identification with the sitter by the viewer is of primary importance. Exact replication is not the goal. A photo I.D. does not communicate personality. Portraiture: Visual Representation... Ellen Terry at 16 Julia Margaret Cameron 1864
You may intentionally alter the appearance of the subject to emphasize particular qualities -physical, psychological, or social. The most difficult task for the portrait photographer is to capture the non-visual quality of the subject. George Harrison Richard Avedon 1967
Polina, Russia Joyce Tenneson 2000 Tenneson selects models according to an Inner Beauty and radiance.
Portraits can include only the head of the subject, or they can depict the shoulders and head, the upper torso, or an entire figure shown either seated or standing. Mrs.. Stewart Irving Penn 1948 Robert Flaherty Henri Cartier- Bresson 1935
2000 Portraits can show individuals either self- consciously posing in ways that convey a sense of timelessness or captured in the midst of work or daily activity. Jessica, United States Joyce Tenneson 2000 Son of a Miner Arthur Rothstein FSA 1939
During some historical periods, portraits were severe and emphasized authority, and during other periods artists worked to communicate spontaneity and the sensation of life. Conde Nast Gledhill 1924 Frank Zappa Richard Avedon
Louise Nevelson Richard Avedon 1975 A good portrait photographer can consider themselves likened to a good psychologist: one who enjoys privileged insights, builds trust and can assist the subject in a process that may reveal the true self. Albert Estein Philippe Halsman 1947
On Psychological Portraiture: “ It can't be done by pushing the person into position or arranging his head at a certain angle. It must be accomplished by provoking the victim, amusing him with jokes, lulling him with silence, or asking impertinent questions which his best friend would be afraid to voice.” - Philippe Halsman Marilyn Monroe Philippe Halsman 1952 Salvador Dali Philippe Halsman 1953
From earliest times, portraits have been seen as a link to Immortality From earliest times, portraits have been seen as a link to Immortality Darati, Profile Africa, 1993 Herb Ritts Jackie Joyner- Kersee Point Dume,1987 Herb Ritts Madonna Hollywood, 1986 Herb Ritts
Girl and Jar - from the portfolio “The North American Indian” Edward S. Curtis, 1905 Smithsonian American Art Museum C putting on her makeup Bangkok, 1992 Nan Goldin Portraits can help to preserve, record, and pay reverence to particular cultures and traditions.
In 1931, Yousuf Karsh joined the theater, and the spectacle of stage lighting dramatically changed his approach to photography. "Moods could be created, selected, modified, intensified. I was thrilled by this means of expression... a new world was opened to me.". "There I set my heart on photographing those men and women who leave their mark on the world." Photographers like Karsh created modern icons with dramatic, theatrical lighting techniques. Georgia O’Keeffe 1956Winston Churchill 1941
Photographer as Subject Photographers often turn the camera on themselves “ How could it be that one day I will say goodbye to all of this and miss the lilac spring, the May times whistling on the wing, and the robin's kiss? In the summertime, when days and evenings are in rhyme, you will not find me in the grove among the lilies in repose or weeding in the garden path where scented seedlings hold on fast. When autumn falls I'll cast no shadow on the wall or hear the owl's haunted hoot high above the rotting root. When all is orange russet red I will not be with you in bed. The day the silent snow descends and lolls to sleep all living friends, I too will slumber in the earth among the seeds and squirrel's birth. Who will miss me? Who will care? When I am called and no one's there?” - Duane Michals Self portrait as if I were dead Edward Steichen 1901 Self Portrait Gum Bichromate Print Goldin, Nan born 1953 Self-Portrait on the train, Germany 1992
Untitled Film Still #35. 1979. Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Untitled Film Still #7. 1978. Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Untitled Film Still #21. 1978. Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Untitled Film Still #11. 1978. Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York These photographs by Cindy Sherman are self portraits. Sherman becomes the heroine or protagonist and portrays cliché representations of...“fictional femininity” We feel as if we know them.
Claes Oldenburg A Story about a Story Who am I? Magritte "Photographers are always photographing the package," he says. "But they would never think to open up the box. Well, I'm interested in the contents, because once you start opening up the box, it's like a Chinese box, there's always another box inside... so it's limitless." -Duane Michals
1. A Portrait of a chosen person 2. A Self Portrait 3. A photographic illustration... a portrayal of a person in a legend, poem, masterpiece, song, or a story that needs telling...