Quote Originally Posted by robbalbrecht View Post
I'd love to do one of those 100 Strangers projects. Walking up to a random person on the street and asking them if I can take their picture terrifies me for some reason. I've done it before but I don't know what my deal with it is.
it used to terrify me too, but after a while i used all that nervous energy to make better portraits.
eventually it lead to me making portraits for a newspaper, photographing everyone from supreme court chief justices
to chief sachems ...

Quote Originally Posted by stavrosk View Post
What is so amazing about his portraits other than the people he photographed?
hi stavrosk ..
my take on karsh might be a little different than others but ...
he transformed portrait photography from lots of light
to theatrical lighting ( rembrandt style lighting ) ..
he in some ways merged dutch painting and modern photography
because technically it wasn't possible before he was around.
films ( and plates ) were slow there had to be lots of light &c ...
his portraits really show more of personality/character of his subjects
than a deadpan-portrait, or a bathtub filled with milk.

but all that said, i can see why someone would look at them and not be impressed ...
( i only know the effort of what goes into portraits like that because i apprenticed with someone who did similar work
and for her it was nearly effortless work, probably like karsh )

john