Having a portrait taken by a photographer is far from an anodyne act; it means choosing to expose your soul to the lens in order to reveal your identity to all. KAZoART presents its selection of portrait photography, in which bodies and faces, under the artist’s expert eye, are allowed to speak for themselves. Plunge into the subtleties of body language with our portrait photos!
The portrait is an ideal genre for photography. Since the dawn of time, people have sought to leave a tangible trace of their time on this Earth. Portrait photography is an obvious response to this visceral need. Due to the complex nature of man, producing a portrait and successfully reflecting not only the physical qualities but also the psychological qualities of a person is a complex and delicate task, whether in colour or black and white photography.
A person's portrait will vary from one photographer to the next. This is what makes these artists stand out, with the unique vision of the subject they choose to depict in their portrait photos.
Every portrait is as unique as its author. Famous portrait photographers include Bert Stern, Peter Lindbergh, Gilles Bensimon, Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Diane Arbus, Steve Mccury, Dorothea Lange, Paul Strand and Walker Evans.
Portraits have always been the main use of photography. Painters set themselves the challenge of capturing the very essence of a person's soul in a work of art, and photographers expertly responded to the call.
Like a painter, photographers choose the setting for their work. Whether opting for a setting with no decoration at all or an environment filled with symbolism, the physical and psychological traits of the subject photographed and their staging are what make the portrait a success. With Annie Leibovitz, for example, the subject is often staged in theatrical décor, whilst the works of Martin Schoëller and Nicolas Guérin are often completely devoid of any at all.
Whether the medium is paint or photography, the same questions still have to be asked: should the subject be made more beautiful or more ugly? Should the person be represented in their era or should we see them as though they exist in a world without time? Should they be depicted in reality or in a fantasy world? These questions reflect the artistic value of the act, which requires the finished piece to act as more than just a mirror. Every photographer responds to the task in their own way, illustrating their personal perspectives through their portrait photos.
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