With her most recent series, Alienation
, South African photographer Anelia Loubser finds the extraterrestrial in all of us. Here are the mugshots
she used as source material. More Loubser at Behance
, and Twitter
If you visit the Humans of New York website
or on the Facebook page
now and in the next few months, you'll find portraits and stories from beyond New York. Brandon Stanton and HONY will be going on a "world tour," to be part of the UN's Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group
effort to raise awareness for the eight international Millennium Development Goals with a target date of 2015
. Currently, HONY is "suddenly a war report form Iraq"
. [more inside]
'Madeline L’Engle said, “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” I know that when I’m meeting older people, anyone for that matter, you look in the person’s eyes and their eyes are behind the façade. You feel more connected with somebody’s soul in that sense. So instead of judging a book by its cover, looking at this old person like maybe they’re not capable of this or that, I wanted to show how full and beautiful they are. They’ve already lived what I’m living. They have so much knowledge, and they’re still living.
' Jason Bard Yarmosky
on the portraits of his grandparents: Elder Kinder
(2011), Elder Kinder
(2012), Dream of the Soft Look
(2013) [via Everlasting Blort
] [more inside]
The Identity Project
"seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality." Accompanying each portrait are words the subjects prefer to use to describe themselves -- "Boi," "Provocateur Lesbian Dandy," "Queer Femme Beefcake," "Gold Star Gay Wife," "Gay Masculine of Center," "Lezzer Queer Bossy Mama," "Inbetweener," "Legally Married." By San Francisco photographer Sarah Deragon. [more inside]
There has long been various lines of speculation about Mona Lisa
, including the existence of an earlier version of the painting. A painting purported to be the earlier version was revealed in 2012
. The accuracy of the statements are supported by The Mona Lisa Foundation, who have set up an extensive website
around the history of the Mona Lisa and other versions, and also prepared a 21 minute documentary
with various professionals providing their knowledge on the topic. [more inside]
In the aftermath of one of the strangest political scandals ever to plague the mayor of a major North American city, Rob Ford oversees the unveiling of a high-profile portrait of himself by a sitting councilor
, made at the request of Ford's mother. The artist describes the piece as complex, but a lot remains unsaid regarding the weight Ford's personality carries into the realm of portrait.
Artist Sergio Albiac is creating generative portraits from selfies.
You can be part of his new exhibition by submitting a photo via Google Drive. "In a nutshell, this experiment, with the participation of an Internet audience, will produce as many artworks as possible.... An automated process will create human portraits as generative collages, using as sources some images from the Hubble Space Telescope
. Generated portraits will be exhibited at the flickr Stardust Portrait exhibition
, a series of portraits of residents of Portland, Oregon (one nude). [more inside]
In 1975, American photographer Nicholas Nixon took a photo of his wife Bebe and her three sisters. Since then, the Brown sisters took a photo every year till 2010. [more inside]
Levi van Veluw*
has taken his self-portraiture
to the next level by bringing his family into the picture. "Portrayed in this piece is a room with 5 persons sitting at a table.... The endless repetition of wooden blocks
stands for van Veluw’s attempts to gain control of his own position within the familial structure."
is a series of portraits of people with gale-force winds blown directly into their faces. (SFW) [more inside]
"The Soldier Portraits Project
...consists of portrait photographs of soldiers of the United States Army, primarily of the 3rd Infantry Division...[t]he photographs are made using the 150 year old collodion wet plate process - the same process that was used to document much of the period (and many of the soldiers) of the Civil War." [more inside]
Amin's hunger for publicity was so great, in fact, that in 1974 he became the first dictator in history to agree to be the subject of an independent documentary film. The resulting movie, Barbet Schroeder's General Idi Amin Dada... is a devastating look at despotism in action and a riveting, and strangely entertaining, portrait of Amin. [more inside]
The original time-lapse self portrait?
And some modern artists: Enchanting self portraits from Iceland
's Rebekka Gaudleifs. Nude self portrait (NSFW) from Israeli artist
Roni River. Disturbing stories from Canada
's projecteye (NSFW) and magical self-portrait from
Sarah Ann Loreth.
In remembrance of the Confederate and Union soldiers who served in the American Civil War, the Liljenquist Family recently donated their rare collection of almost 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs
to the Library of Congress. These achingly poignant portraits speak volumes
. [more inside]
In addition to being a five term US senator, Barry Goldwater
was an accomplished photographer
, particularly of people
of the American West. [more inside]
Face your pockets.
I have no idea how these people got their heads wedged into their scanners, or why.
"They are the earliest painted portraits that have survived; they were painted whilst the Gospels of the New Testament were being written. Why then do they strike us today as being so immediate? Why does their individuality feel like our own? Why is their look more contemporary than any look to be found in the rest of the two millennia of traditional European art which followed them? The Fayum portraits
touch us as if they had been painted last month." The Fayum mummy portraits were painted between the first and third centuries AD, in Roman Egypt, and preserved by the dry Egyptian climate. Wikimedia Commons
. According to Wikipedia
, 900 portraits are known to have survived. John Bavaro
has been creating modern versions
using the Brushes app on the iPhone. Via the Brushes Gallery on Flickr.
David Friedman, the guy behind sundaymagazing.org
, has created a fascinating series of short docs and photos he calls Inventor Portraits
. I particularly like the installment on life long inventor Brent Farley
, and the man behind the Wilcraft
French artist Anthony Geoffrey
makes fantastic celebrity caricatures. The site uses flash and is in French but it loads fast and the navigation is simple. The caricatures are in the Portfolio. I particularly enjoyed his Ash from Evil Dead
and his House MD. These are not
the same as the ones you find in the mall by some poor guy trying to scratch out a living. [more inside]
The Aura Camera
was developed in the 1970s by Polaroid as a way to see auras around people as a psychic might. Though very rare, Carlo Van De Roer
managed to get his hands on an AuraCam 6000 to capture a stunningly unique series of portraits
[some mildly NSFW].
50 Aldermen/50 Artists.
Chicago gallery Johalla Projects
enlisted local artists to meet with the members of the city council and create a portrait of the person they found. "The goal is just to get people involved," says co-curator Jeremy Scheuch
. "I think a lot of aldermen were (initially) afraid of what this might be about." More photos here
Many people who paint portraits try to make the painting
look like a living person
. Alexa Meade
tries to make the person
look like a painting
. [more inside]
– Somewhat creepy but arresting, nevertheless.
"I found him, this little dog in a dumpster down in the projects in the South Side while I was pickin’ up cans. The reason I picked it up is because whenever I see a little child I give it to him.
" [more inside]
is a video artist. He does video portraits. They are disturbing, warholian, and weird
"[I] accepted the offer today after...reaching an agreement that the primary function of the White House photography office will be to document Obama's presidency for the sake of history."
Last week, Obama named Pete Souza
the official White House photographer
. Souza has been following Obama as he rose to the presidency
, and since being hired has published the first official portrait
When Obama takes the oath of office, he won't be standing alone.
This week's cover of The Nation features a portrait of an Obama inauguration presided over by Thurgood Marshall and attended by more than 60 civil rights icons
. [more inside]
[full-screen slideshow]: one photographer; one background; fifty-two members of the incoming US administration. Oh, and one "significant item" per person. The kind of thing -- not just a political piece, but a photographic project -- that reminds you what the institutional clout of the New York Times
can make possible.
When the House of Commons required a portrait of outgoing PM Tony Blair,
to whom did they turn? Phil Hale. [more inside]
"When my friend Richard Renaldi
showed me the first images from the new series Touching Strangers
I was just amazed. Asking two complete strangers to not only pose with each other, but to also touch each other while doing that... And this in a culture whose discomfort with touching someone you don't know, or touching something that someone else might have touched still baffles me, even after having spent almost ten years in it!" - A Conversation with Richard Renaldi about 'Touching Strangers' [more inside]
take a portrait, upload it, and see the magic.
struggles to remove the photographer from portraiture, moving contra Richard Avedon
Three series: Sleepers
Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York. The first woman to embark on building a "gallery of illustrious Americans," Ben-Yusuf attracted to her Fifth Avenue studio many of the most prominent artistic, literary, theatrical and political figures of her day. See the first exhibit
ever on her photography at the National Portrait Gallery
in Washington, DC (through Sept. 1), view the online exhibit
or read the book
In the 17th century Dutch painters began to create informal paintings that focused on the features and/or expressions of anonymous people. These were called tronies. Although a tronie showed a person’s face, it wasn’t considered a portrait. [...] In 1995 Dutch photographer Hendrik Kerstens began a series of tronies featuring his daughter Paula. some images NSFW