Posts tagged: portrait photography

Behind the Scenes of a 3 Minute Photo Shoot with Trump

The 20th-century philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously wrote, “Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery.” Today, as President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office, his prophecy is beginning to take shape. Photographers are the new historians.

Matt McClain, Staff Photojournalist for The Washington Post, sat down with Mr. Trump for just over three minutes last Tuesday, the 17th of January. Drawing inspiration from the Armenian-Candian photographer Yousuf Karsh’s 1941 portrait of Winston Churhill, McClain’s intention was to make what he calls “A power portrait.”

Churchill is said to have given Karsh barely two minutes of his time. The photographer was only able to make the now-iconic image because he literally removed a cigar from the Prime Minister’s mouth, inspiring quite a scowl.

McClain’s Trump session was less rocky, but it was just as historic. The renowned photographer was indeed “nervous” prior to the shoot and can be seen pacing in the video below, but in the end, he told the Post, everything went well.

McLuhan followed up his prediction for the future of imagery with the following line: “The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.” With that in mind, it’s hard to deny the significance of this particular photograph.

You can read more about the shoot over on The Washington Post.

‘Flying Dogs’ Have the Time of Their Lives

Amy © Julia Christe

Scotch © Julia Christe

It all started with a dog named Flinn and his frisbee. His owner, photographer Julia Christe, set out to capture in an instant the unbridled joy of playing dogs like Flinn, and after quite a lot of shenanigans with dozens of canines, Flying Dogs was born.

In ‘Children of War’, Photographer Captures Daily Life in Syria

In the center of Aleppo, civilians are being shot at and killed.

Syrian kids playing in a car that was blasted in the war in Zahabiyah, an area in the south of Aleppo.

In Aleppo and Damascus, Iranian photographer Ali Khara has seen bullets, rockets and grenades raining from the sky, but even under the most precarious circumstances, it’s hard for him to stay fixed in the present moment. He’s thinking about the future, and he’s thinking about what will happen to Syria’s children when they grow up.

Lust, Desire, and Longing Behind-the-Scenes at Japan’s Love Hotels

Belgian photographer Zaza Bertrand doesn’t speak Japanese and was only able to gather bits and pieces of words exchanged between the people she met in the country’s popular rabuhos, or love hotels. The mystery was part of the appeal.

When Sex Workers Grow Old, This Is Where They Go

Portrait of Norma Angelica, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal © Bénédicte Desrus

The residents of Casa Xochiquetzal in Mexico City range from the age of fifty-five to eighty-six, and at some point in their lives, they have all been sex workers. It’s a two-story house, with food and medical care provided by the government and public donations.

In exchange for a safe place to live, the women must participate in the daily chores and activities. They attend courses on human rights. Some write poetry; others paint. One does yoga on the patio.

French photographer Bénédicte Desrus has spent nearly eight years documenting life at Casa Xochiquetzal, beginning two years after it was founded by a woman and former sex worker named Carmen Muñoz and a passionate group of intellectuals and activists.

Memories from an Arkansas Cotton Farm in the 1980s


Cheryl with Silos, Rotan Switch, Arkansas


Cully Cooking, Rotan Switch, Arkansas

When she was a girl, photographer Lisa McCord spent summers and holidays at Rotan, her grandparents’ Arkansas cotton farm. Some of her earliest memories are of her nanny Cully’s cooking: black eye peas and fried chicken. She remembers singing and praying at Cully’s church and watching the bandana-clad women who worked in the fields. At dark, after long days of hoeing, they’d gather in big trucks and make their way home.

One Photographer’s Diary of a 700-Mile Motorcycle Trip



Biking is in Brian Overend’s blood. He inherited the open road from his father and uncles and continues to take trips with friends both old and new. In the summer of 2015, he made the El Diablo Run, traversing some 700 miles from Los Angeles, California to Ensenada, Mexico.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears in a Brooklyn Boxing Gym



“They all live for it,” Brooklyn photographer Steven Laxton says of the fighters at Ardon Sweet Science Gym, “It’s their passion.”

Photos by a Pediatrician Who Traveled the World



Portland photographer and pediatrician Calvin Chen’s life is punctuated by a thousand tiny moments of revelation. In both of his professions, he has examined child’s play with the delicacy and earnestness, allowing the imagination of his subjects to fill in the frame.

The Hip Hop Artists Who Changed the World, in Photos


Darryl McDaniels, D.M.C. in New York, USA, 2014. He is a founder of RUN D.M.C., the first hip hop band on the cover of music magazine “Rolling Stone” and the first to achieve a golden album and a platinum album. D.M.C. is a pioneer in the hip hop movement and is inspiring and empowering younger hip hop artists, giving them courage.


Sister Fa in Thiara, Senegal. She addresses the youth, because they can make the difference by getting enough information about their rights. She wants to create consciousness towards social and political issues, focussing on women’s rights in Senegal and Western Africa. She was the first woman to produce her own hip hop album and became well-known for her music in Senegal.

When photographer Sascha Kraus asked the Tunisian rap artist Hamada Ben Amor (aka El Général) why he wrote the song Rais Lebled, the answer was simple: “I took the risk because no one else did.” The song was directed at then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; the rapper spoke of police brutality, poverty, violence, and free speech. After it was released on Facebook, El Général was arrested. Rais Lebled became the battlecry of the revolution.

Kraus’s book FORTHRIGHT – Stronger than a weapon is an ode to all the hip hop and rap artists who have risked their safety to say what’s on their mind, often in verse. The photographer devoted six years of his life to traveling and recording stories at home in Germany, in the United States, in Africa, Europe, Asia. The book is designed like an old fashioned album booklet, with lyrics, pictures, and in-depth interviews between Kraus and his many subjects.

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