Posts tagged: portrait photography

Captivating Images Capture the Friendship Between a Photographer and Her 97-Year-Old Muse


Fake tattoo. Real fruit.


97-year-old Marie Ulmer still owns a self-portrait she made nine decades ago, when she was a quiet, reserved child who used her own face in teaching herself how to draw. Over the years, the artist has not wed or had children; instead, she has pledged a lifetime to her artwork, amassing a collection of hundreds of self-portraits. Philadelphia-based photographer Candace Karch was drawn to Ms. Ulmer for the woman’s exceptional lack of vanity or self-consciousness, and over the their eight year friendship, the younger artist has spent five photographing private, wordless moments in the life of the elder.

Sally Mann on Love, Photography, and Her New Book ‘Hold Still’

As a child, Sally Munger rode horses through the Virginian countryside; as a teenager, she could be found ditching class and canoodling with boys in the library of Vermont’s prestigious Putney School. In adulthood, Sally Munger became Sally Mann, one of America’s most beloved and controversial photographers.

Astonishing 5-Minute Film Follows One Woman From Girlhood Into Old Age

Danielle is a single person composed of several persons; she is both real and a figment of the imagination. Her lifespan is exactly four minutes and fifty-eight seconds. Danielle is a short film created by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Anthony Cerniello, conceived by digitally animating a series of still portraits culled from the various generations of a single family and tracing human maturation process from early girlhood and into senectitude.

Enchanting Portraits Take Us Into the Make-Believe World of a 5-Year-Old Boy From a Small Romanian Town



“Felix is a tiny human being full of love,” says Bucharest-based photographer Felicia Simion of her six-year-old cousin, who over the last two years, has become her muse and collaborator. Now twenty-one, Simion embarked on what would become The Playground at nineteen, when she was standing precariously at the precipice of being officially “a grown up.” At four years of age, Felix adopted various roles—a dog, a young girl, an old man— becoming a kind of guide and guardian, a constant reminder of her youth and of the enchantment that flooded her early years.

Learn How to Master Everything From Tintypes to Astrophotography At Maine Media’s Alternative Processes Workshops (Sponsored)


© Susan Mullally, a student at Maine Media Workshops+College

As we move into an increasingly digital world, it becomes more and more important to to preserve the delicate and ingenious processes that defined the early years of photography. Understanding historical processes is a key element to appreciating the work of the photographic masters, 19th century innovators who ranged from scientists to fine artists and everything in between. As paradoxical as it might sound, the future of photography truly does lie not only in the latest technological advances but also the artful and complex methods of our past. No one understands this fact better than photographer and educator Brenton Hamilton, who has throughout his career mined the processes of more than a century ago for new ways for contemporary artists to share their visions with the world.

Photographer Examines Her Dual Role As Mom and Artist In This Decade Long Photo Series


Morning Sickness


Baby Room

At twenty-six, Tucson-based photographer Shannon Smith had built for herself a life she never anticipated: she was an artist in her third year at graduate school and the mother of a one-year-old daughter, expecting the arrival of a son. Parenthood, and by extension, belonging to newly emerging family, was for her a kind of terra incognita, a curious landscape to be discovered through the eye of her camera. Doing It Domestic chronicles the daily rhythms of her household routine, tracing the push and pull and ultimately the reconciliation of her two roles as photographer and mother.

Startling Photos Capture Hands Protruding From Bodily Orifices



For Ô les mains, Belgian photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte and artist Babak Hosseiny fabricate human bodies in which hands overtake and engulf the remaining anatomy. Here, they transform the normally functional apparatus into adversarial appendages, with each digit becoming a corporeal manifestation of each subject’s internal anxieties and desires.

Tina Barney Talks to Us About Her New Exhibition, The Passage of Time, and the True Meaning of Portraiture


Lipstick “New York Stories, W Magazine,” 1999 © Tina Barney, Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery


Mr. and Mrs. Leo Castelli, W Magazine, 1998 © Tina Barney, Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

In decade in which we obsess over change, be it catastrophic or fortuitous, the photographs of Tina Barney continue to remind us of that which is constant. Beginning the 1980s, she has captured the world, her world, in large-scale analogue photographs, laying bare the push and pull of tension and familiarity that run beneath domestic life. Since then, her imagery has invited us not only into private interiors of life for affluent New Yorkers and elite New Englanders but also into the palatial homes of European aristocrats and small town American communities. Throughout it all, she has returned time and again to the family, to the home, and to the ubiquitous and essential need to belong.

‘Losing Childhood': A Photographer Chronicles the Lives of Dhaka Children with No Space to Play



“Slum dogs can become millionaires only in the movies,” laments Dhaka-based photographer K.M. Asad of the current state of the city he calls home. For Losing Childhood, Asad tells the story of Dhaka’s overpopulation through the eyes of its children, whose playgrounds, gardens, and open lawns have been all but snuffed out by the astronomical influx of people into the capital.

Talking Lenses and Time Travel With Photographer Jay P. Morgan (Sponsored)



Where most photographers spend their time capturing the world that surrounds them, Los Angeles-based Jay P. Morgan works day and night to create universes that are entirely his own. With an extensive background in film, set design, and lighting, the photographer has created dramatic and unforgettable images for countless high-profile clients ranging from Paramount Pictures, Disney Inc., and 20th Century Fox to Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds.