By Al Stiegman
17 Feb 2009
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.