Masters of Photography

February 7, 2007

I’ve been eyeing through magazines and searching the web for portraits. The idea was to find a portrait and then try reproducing the photo in our studio later on. Of course I found tons of portraits on the internet, but it wasn’t that easy finding one that didn’t look too cheap or too commercial. I tried googelin with all kinds of words and combinations of them, but found mostly links to studios that only take ugly pictures of babies, weddings and naked women. Then I remebered this site , we used this as a source for a project on Sebastiao Salgado last year. On this site I found all the photos that are attached below. I’ve tried to find portraits that it might be possible to reproduce in a studio, though I’m not sure, that they’re all taken in one. There were so many really impressive and beautiful photos that I just couldn’t choose one straight away. I think I have to sleep on it… 

Edward Weston, Nude, 1936

Edward Weston, Nude, 1936

This piece is probably my favorite one. I thought I could try and reproduce this in the studio. The light seems so soft, still bright and natural, maybe the picture is taken with the sun shining in from a window? I like the contrast as well, the shapes and the composition, but basically I just think It is a beautiful picture. The warm, stagnant, pure feeling about it leaves my eyes at ease. I can’t really analyze it any better than that. Besides my English is so terrible, that I can’t seem to find the right words – and even if I did, I wouldn’t know how to spell them.
Harry Callahan, Eleanor, 1947

Harry Callahan, Eleanor, 1947

I love this picture. She lookes like she was made of milk. I’d like to know how to produce this kind of light ang contrast in a photo. I’m having trouble deciding between this and the one above.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Ajitto, 1981

Robert Mapplethorpe, Ajitto, 1981

Yes, the lot of it is easy on the eyes, but somewhat dull If You compare to the previous two.

Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of mother, 1924

Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Mother, 1924

What appeals to me especially is the combination of looking soft and still having something completely black in the picture, when also having something almost white burnt through… a whole scale of “gays”, and then the graininess of course. I guess most of all It’s still the motive and feeling again, that old muttering woman and the slightly sad atmosphere.

Sebastião Salgado, Refugee from Gondan, Mali 1985

Sebastião Salgado, Refugee from Gondan, Mali 1985

Emmet Gowin, Ediht, 1971