Posts Tagged ‘portraits’

Portraits of Shopkeepers and Their Shops at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market in Paris

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The flea market of Saint-Ouen in Paris is one of the largest and oldest of its kind. Founded in 1885 and made up of 15 smaller markets, the market sees more than 11 million visitors each year and hosts more than 2000 merchants.

Given those statistics, you would think it would be the ideal place for some great street photography. But photographer Andrew Kovalev has instead used it as the inspiration and setting for his most recent portrait project. Read more…

Slices of Life: Commuters Framed by the ‘Gap’ Found in Subway Stations

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Framing passersby with light and shadows is a pretty common technique in street photography, and one that we’ve featured a number of times in the past.

Singapore-based photographer Weilun Chong frames his subjects with something that’s a little more concrete — literally. His “Please Mind the Gap” project features portraits of subway commuters framed in the gaps they’re told to mind.
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Portraits of the Bearded Men in an Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

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Every year, in the third week of July, over 100 silver bearded men descend upon the city of Key West, Florida. Their goal: to be declared the man who most resembles American writer Ernest Hemingway. The contest they participate in is put on by the Hemingway Look-Alike Society, and is the largest sanctioned look-alike competition in the world.

Photographer Henry Hargreaves visited the festivities this year and created a new photo project titled “Becoming Hemingawy.” It’s a series of portraits showing some of this year’s contestants.
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Portraits of Complete Strangers Touching Each Other

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While photographer Richard Renadli was in the midst of his 2003 project, See America By Bus, where he was photographing groupings of strangers waiting in Greyhound bus stations, he began to think about exploring the idea of expanding on his group portraitures of strangers concept.  “To create spontaneous and fleeting relationships between complete strangers,” as he as stated.
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Photographer Gets a Second Chance at Life, Embarks on a 100 Portrait Journey

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In 2011, photographer Giles Duley stepped on a land mine while working in Afghanistan. Originally a celebrity portrait photographer who had been turned off to celebrity culture by the people he was photographing, he had always hoped to return to portraiture.

That’s why, during his 46-day fight for his life in intensive care, it was to portraiture that his mind turned, and a project took shape. Read more…

Fashion Photographer Shifts His Focus to Wounded Soldiers

Warning: This post contains strong images of soldiers who have been injured in battle.


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Photographer David Jay has documented lots of conventional beauty in his work for major fashion houses and magazines. He’s also helped the world reconsider what “beauty” means with “The Scar Project“, a groundbreaking portrait series that captured young breast cancer survivors going forward with their lives.

Now Jay is tackling perhaps an even greater challenge with “The Unknown Soldier,” a powerful new portrait project that captures the post-combat lives of young soldiers seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more…

French Court Bans Photo Book in Dispute Over One of the Portraits Within

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A French court has banned distribution of a photo book and fined the photographer, essentially for including a portrait the subject didn’t like.
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Portraits of People Holding Their School Pictures from Awkward Years

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Do you always laugh and squirm when you look back at official school pictures from “awkward years”? You’re not alone — take a peek at the Awkward Years Project and you’ll see what we mean. The project was started by a Utah-based graphic designer and photography enthusiast named Merilee, who’s collecting then-and-now portraits to show people who have blossomed since their awkward teen days.
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Your Government at Work: Documerica Chronicles 1970s America

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The mandate for Documerica was intriguingly broad — “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” — and photographers responded with striking images covering everything from pot-smoking form to toxic smog.
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Portraits Created from Pictures of Space Taken by the Hubble Telescope

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Spanish visual artist Sergio Albiac is offering the world a chance to meld with the universe in an innovative project that combines portraiture with images from the Hubble space telescope.

Albiac calls his “Stardust” project “an experiment in generative portraiture.”
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