Posts Tagged ‘portraits’

Stunning Documentary Portraits of Native Americans from the Early 1900s

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In 1906, etiologist and photographer Edward S. Curtis set out across the United States to draw, photograph and otherwise document the lives of Native Americans that hadn’t yet been contacted by Western society.

Funded by J.P. Morgan, he would return 20 years later with over 40,000 photographs, which he used to illustrate his famous 20 volume series “The North American Indian.” Only 222 complete sets were ever published (one of which sold last year for $1.44M at auction) and even though it has been criticized by some as misrepresenting the Native American culture at the time, its value as a documentary publication is enormous. Read more…

‘Can I Take Your Picture?’: How to Talk to Strangers Without Upsetting Your Mother

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Photographing strangers can be a daunting proposition. It was one of the focuses of the workshops I held in NYC this past summer. What if they get mad, what if they yell at me, or what if they go completely psycho on me? Odds are, most people will simply say no pictures. Even the school of Bruce Gilden photographers have hardly been bothered with their “mugging style portrait.”
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Couple Travels 135,000 Miles Over 5 Years for Wedding Dress Portraits

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Photographer Jeff Salvage and his wife Jennifer got married back in 2008 near a volcano crater on Easter Island. While they were there, Salvage had his new wife wear her wedding dress for three photo shoots in various locations and at various times. Those shoots sparked a photo project idea that would take the two on an adventure around the world.

Since 2008, the Salvages have traveled over 135,000 miles to countries all over the world. At each location, Jeff shoots a portrait of Jennifer wearing her dress.
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Make a Cheap DIY Ice Light Using an LED Flashlight and Some PVC Pipe

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Westcott’s lightsaber-style Ice Light is popular among photographers, but the $500 price tag is a bit prohibitory to some. Fortunately for those who either don’t want or can’t afford to spend the money on the real thing, photographer Simon Ellingworth has come up with a cheap DIY version that’ll only run you about $30.
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Photos Capture the Friendship Between a Little Girl and Her Cat

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Andy Prokh of Saint Petersburg, Russia spends his days working as an economist, but its his passion for photography that has garnered him international attention on the Internet as of late. Prokh has been shooting photographs of his four year old daughter Catherine spending time with his six-year-old British shorthaired tomcat Lilu. The photographs capture the friendship the two family members have after having spent most of their lives together under one roof.
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Moving Portraits of People from the Ages of 0 to 102

In the latest installment of InsuranceQuotes’ “Hidden Costs Video Series,” the insurance info provider put together an aging video using moving pictures of people from the ages of 0-102. A lot like the viral video of photographer Frans Hofmeester’s daughter Lotte, it shows the process of aging through tiny snippets of video.

The video is really about the hidden costs of aging, covering the facts from an inspirational and heartwarming angle rather than the depressing version where costs skyrocket as we age. And even though they skip ages 81 through 101, we still enjoyed the journey all the way from Eason at age 0 to Evelyn at age 102. We hope you do too.

Two Photogs, One Idea: Taking Portraits of All Your Facebook Friends

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Back in April of last year, we featured an interesting project by photographer Tanja Hollander. Dubbed The Facebook Portrait Project, Hollander has spent the last year travelling around the world and taking portraits of all her Facebook friends. The project’s motivation was half photographical and half philosophical, an exploration of the definition of “true” friendship that Hollander is still in the midst of today.

As she found out recently, however, she’s not the only one: photographer Ty Morin has embarked on a similar journey. And even though they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the amount of attention the press has been giving Morin’s imitation has left Hollander feeling anything but flattered. Read more…

Smile-Inducing Portraits of People Lost In Daydreams and Happy Thoughts

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Photographer Alexandra Sandu is on a mission with her photos: she wants to put a smile on people’s faces and make people who see her images feel good about their lives. Since September 2009, Sandu has been working on a portrait series titled Daydreamers.

For each of the portraits, the photographer asks her subject to close his or her eyes and think about something beautiful. The instruction is reminiscent of Peter Pan: “Just think happy thoughts.”
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I Collect Gingers: Photographer Shoots Portraits of Redheaded People

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South African photographer Anthea Pokroy is a self-proclaimed “ginger,” and has been on a mission to photograph other redheaded people in order to create a series of images about identity, prejudice, racial classification, segregation, and elitism.

The project is titled “I Collect Gingers,” and has grown to over 500 portraits since it launched in August 2010. Red hair is a relatively rare trait that occurs naturally in 1-2% of the human population.
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Bizarre Portraits of People Dressed In the Food They’d Like to Eat

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Hunger Pains is a very… different series of portraits by NYC-based photographer Ted Sabarese. For each of the photographs, Sabarese asked his model one simple question: “What are you craving at the moment?” He then took the food described, had them turned into clothing items, and photographed the models wearing the things they’d like to eat.
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