The Project

Portraits

Portrait of Jane Chambless
Portrait of Jane Chambless
Portrait of George Greider
Portrait of David Macauley, author
Portrait of a girl
Portrait (Lou Rothenberg)
Double Portrait (Wendy)
Portrait of Redheaded Girl, Ohio
Portrait of two girls (Wendy and Jane)
Portrait of Girl with Long Hair
Portrait behind glass

One of the first books I read when I began doing photography in the early 1970s was the autobiography of the great portrait photographer Philippe Halsman called "Sight and Insight". This book revealed to me more than any other how effective and insightful a great portrait can be. At their best they transcend the casual and reveal some real fragment of the subject. Looking at the portraits of Steichen, Penn, Avedon, Newman and Karsh (to name a few) one sees a window into the personality. Sometimes real though sometimes contrived. Over the years I did a lot of portraits, some, I believe, worked well and at least approached something above mere reportage. They were of friend, teachers and models I had the privilege of working with.

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  • Regina Singh

    Regina Singh gave props (20 Feb 2009):

    Based on these portraits, I think I should read that book:)

  • aerociro

    aerociro said (4 Mar 2009):

    nice work.

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