All posts tagged: portrait photography

How do you speak Nadav Kander? The man himself on mastering your creative language

British Journal of Photography caught up with Nadav Kander ahead of his appearance at The Photography Show 2017 in Birmingham. Conversation quickly turned to his recent much debated image of Donald Trump. Normally when Nadav Kander turns up to shoot a portrait, the only thing he’s thought through beforehand is the lighting. But Donald Trump was different. “I was really divided about how I should do it – how to do this TIME cover justice without putting my political views out there,” he says of his commission to photograph the US president for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year cover. “If you photograph properly, you’re talking about a coming together of two histories. A person of 70, who’s had a life of 70 years, and a person of 54, who’s had a life of 54 years. As soon as politics comes in, you change things. It’s difficult to exclude that but you need to if you’re making a mature portrait that’s going to have any lasting effect.” What inspires him about photography has evolved with …

2017-03-10T12:21:39+00:00

BJP #7842: The Portraiture Issue

We’ve devoted an issue of BJP to portraiture every year since 2010, but this year we decided to have some fun with it. Our new portraiture issue, which explores how photographers are disrupting the human face, is now available to buy directly from us in the BJP Shop. Digital editions for the iPhone and iPad are also available in the App Store. Seeking out images in which the sitter’s face is obscured, we found a wealth of projects – partly because that’s always the way when you’re looking for something but also, perhaps, because there are a lot of them about at the moment. Despite the ubiquity of selfies and family snaps – or maybe because of them – it seems photographers and curators have got interested in portraits that do something different. But if they do something different, what exactly do they do? For the photographers we’ve featured, it seems it depends. For Jack Davison, shooting portraits through perspex, in shadows or through smoke, or scratching or defacing the image after it’s been taken, is just visual experimentation, …

2015-11-13T12:03:08+00:00

VIDEO: Exploring Nelli Palomäki’s portraits of childhood

Have you ever studied a picture of your mother or father when they were children, unaware of their future, oblivious to the presence of you. They are at once so familiar, yet so unknowable; so clearly the person you so intimately love, and then at a remove, happy and free in a context devoid of you. Photography is an existential medium, for it preserves moments that existed before you did. It was only by some abstract, biological constellation of random events that allowed this child in the picture to create and raise you. Here is evidence of life before they gave you life. “While time gnaws away at the faces of us and our close ones, we return to look at the pictures from our past,” Nelli Palomäki says. The Finnish artist’s photography starts from a truism – that beyond beauty, beyond concept, it’s the simple photographs of our loved ones, taken in a time before memory, that maintain the ability to move us the most. And make us question the most. “As beautiful or poignant as an image …

2015-05-22T14:17:07+00:00

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