Saturday, September 12, 2009

reflections on portrait painting; the origins of portrait photography!

It might be beneficial to consider portrait painting; this art form was largely superseded by photography which was able to give a more exact representation in a much shorter time. Yet, as the author Kranz points out in a small book published on the portrait, "that even photography is not objective" since it is also subjective. The impression left by the sitter is going to be dependant on the sitter, the photographer and those for whom the portrait is intended.

The author mentions the work of August Sander and Thomas Ruff, concluding by saying that "reflections on the portrait as a work of art are not rendered redundant even in the brave new world of pixels."

The following is a brief account of what the author argues and may be of help in understanding the genre of portraiture as a whole.

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