The Inspiration Thread
I thought it might be an idea to have a thread for portrait photographers who inspire us. As wide (or not) a definition of what a portrait is as you like :)
A place to dip in and out of from time to time.
I'll start it with one of my all time favourites - Jane Bown, a photojournalist who has taken more formally styled portraits as well as those in a documentary style. There's a good selection on this site if you go to photographs (sorry, can't link directly to individual pictures).
Also take a look at year 1954, "gypsy child" - maybe not a 'conventional' portrait, but to me a tremendously powerful portrayal of a small person, one that I've held in my memory for a long time.
you've got to admire photojournalists
the ability to quickly see, capture and inform
my all time favourite, W. Eugene Smith, c.1955
Don Normark, Chavez Ravine, 1949
Being an equipment junkie of sorts it is a further inspiration that Don did this body of work with a little Ciro-Flex TLR camera that will hardly fetch $12 on Ebay. A constant reminder that the next silver bullet isn't gonna make me any better (i just like 'em).
I look at these over and over.
g'day Cate & Jim
i can't believe their are so few posts here
this one from the American/Australian Bill Bachman
E.O. Hoppe as far as studio portraiture goes...but I mostly admire his other types of pix.
I would say August Sander, but those aren't really portraits when you get down to it.
Most of my favorite portrait photographers were mainly photojournalists and/or documentarians, but I do like Hoppe's work in studio, so that's what I put here. He did much typology as well, and did it all over the world.
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
why not post an image?
how is Sander's work not portraiture? because he was trying document a race rather than an individual?
how does one insert rather than attach an image?
this one by Arno Rafael Minkkinen, he calls it a self-portrait