Portraits

Bull“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
— Abraham Lincoln

Bull2A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed. – Richard Avedon – 1933

Bull3A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound. – Charles Baudelaire – 1859
Bull4“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”
— Richard Avedon

Bull5When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. “you must have a wonderful camera…It must be the best camera in the world…You must show me your camera.” Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: “I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter.” – Anonymous

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6 thoughts on “Portraits

    • Actually, he wasn’t impressed with the attention, so I didn’t hang around too long. He was one of the young bulls and so not very brave 🙂
      Yes, I had a giggle at that story, glad you liked it too.

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