What is a portrait?
[Discussed in groups then as a whole]
- Something that depicts a person/animal
- An artistic representation of a person or animal
- Their essence
- Historically portraits were Identification or surveillance, documents types of people also remembrance of a person
Where are they found?
- Family Albums
- Forms of identification
Who commissions them?
- Those who will them eg agent, model, photographers and galleries.
What should it include?
- The subject
- At least their essence or representation
What should it exclude?
- May vary between photographers
- Depends on assignments
We took photos of another person in the groups
- Lavater: felt you could tell a criminal by the facial shape.
- Irving Penn: black and white images, used particular lighting,lots of famous people
- August Sander: documented different types of people
- Diane Arbus: harsh lighting and social outcasts
- Richard Avedon
- Mary Ellen Mark
- Nicholas Nixon: took a photo of his wife and her sisters once every year
- Steve Pike: series called ‘Philosophers’, took photos of philosophers and got a quote from them.
- Nick Wapplington: not posed, large format cameras
- Thomas: Struth: ‘Strangers and Friends’ only day lights and large format cameras
- Tina Barnley : large format camera
- Dayanita Singh