Framing The World Through My Photographs

What Is Portraiture

What Is A Portrait ?

  • Any human or animal form, painting or photograph.
  • A portrait is an essence of a person,
  • Something that identifies the person.

Where Are They Found?

  • Family albums
  • Books
  • Galleries
  • Newspapers
  • Online
  • Day to day life
  • Magazines
  • Social media – Facebook, Twitter.
  • Publications

Who Commissions Then &Why?

  • The person themselves
  • The photographer – for their portfolios
  • Brands – for advertisement
  • Family of the portrayed person
  • A band – for album covers, promotion.

What should a portrait include/exclude?

  • A portrait is more personal to the person
  • It doesn’t always have to include the face.
  • Its should show  so a representation of a person.
  • depending on who commisions the portrait  determines how the portrait turns out.

August Sander

‘German Portraits’- 1918-33′

Sanders photographs reveal the face of Germany during the Weimar period, after WW1, and just before the rise of Hittlers third Reich. His series of images examines the significant period in Sanders career.

Sander photographed people in Germany, people in their day to day life.

It is believed that most images got destroyed as they did not conform with Aryan beliefs.

Diane Arbus

Arbus generally photographs people on the edge of society.

Arbus said that she was “afraid . . . that she would be known simply as ‘the photographer of freaks”.

When I first looked at this image on the of the boy I didn’t think too much of it, I just thought it was almost like a family snap shot, where the little boy was just messing around. But when looking closer at the image closer I see that he is holding a hand grenade, which is shocking to the viewer as you wouldn’t expect a boy of around 8 to be holding a grenade.

I personally am not fond of this image as it makes me feel slightly uncomfortable i think this is due to the un easy facial expression. I reckon that if the images was in colour it would not have been as effective as it would look like a normal family snap.


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This entry was posted on November 8, 2012 by in Developing and Understanding Photographic Practice and tagged , , , .
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