Portrait Research

Digital Photography students:

Find 3 different portrait photographers who shoot in digital.

Leave me a comment with the following information for each photographer:

  • Their website
  • Describe what you notice about their editing style (it should be something common to many images… something that creates a ‘feel’ to their work)

Mamika series

Sacha Goldberger's photo of his grandmother as a superhero

My brother sent me a link to this awesome article about photographer Sacha Goldberger, who did a series of superhero photos with his grandmother as the subject.

His grandmother was an amazing woman who saved people’s lives during World War II. Goldberger’s work is a fun combination of a comic book style superhero and excellent attention to detail in the clothing, props, and backgrounds of each photograph.

(Mamika, the title of this series, is the Hungarian word for ‘grandmother’.)

Black and White Portraits

Black and white is the most basic form of artwork, and therefore it is often the most challenging. Without bright colors to “distract” the viewer, they must be impressed with the artist’s handle on the very basics of art. How well did the artist capture an emotion, pay attention to and capture detail, compose an interesting image, or get his/her point across?

Your first project is to create a portrait of someone using only black and white. It can be traditional or experimental. It does not have to be strictly a person’s face; as Alfred Stieglitz shows with his photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands, you can tell a lot about people besides simply seeing their face.

Your goal should be to convey some sort of emotion through the style, shading, or arrangement on the page (composition).

by Arnold Newman
in the style of Richard Avedon
by Kristian Thacker (in the style of Richard Avedon)
by Chuck Close

by Alfred Stieglitz

Painting Portraits

Here’s just one way to paint a portrait. This artist created a foundation of light colors, then built in darker tones and highlights, and finally added details.

Remember that acrylic paints dry quickly, so blending needs to happen soon after applying the base layer.

Links for Independent Photography

Here are quick links to the articles on your handout:

And also, from the sidenote:

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