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Advanced Portrait Photography: The Faceless Portrait

Photographers, you will never become artists. All you are is mere copiers.When he said this, Charles Baudelaire was talking about how photography seems to be a way to copy nature and present it as an archive of how we live. Baudelaire talked about photography as documentation and nothing more. He relegated its usefulness and function in society as a mere record keeping tool and cautioned against photography being an imaginative tool, a tool for artistic expression.

But in the 1920s with the arrival of Cartier-Bresson on the scene, snapshot photography was born. It meant that photographers no longer posed and set the stage for their portraits, but suddenly portraits became more of a found art; you captured a moment when time and action come to a beautiful conclusion.

Cartier-Bresson was a hunter for the found portrait. He elevated portraiture into what Jean Noel Jenneney in his book called “something rescued in the nick of time, before a whole world vanishes for ever.” Cartier-Bresson taught us that to capture a portrait, we must wait for the moment when everything falls into place, and then we click.”…………writes alohal there is more of this interesting article here  We teach much of this on our Portrait course starting 9th May

3 responses to “Advanced Portrait Photography: The Faceless Portrait

  1. oxfordschoolofphotography May 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I do try to make the links work, actually I am pretty assiduous in this matter as I understand that it would piss me off too. I never publish your articles in full, just suggest people go to your site which can only help your traffic and make efforts that pictures link to you or the originators site as well. Sometimes things slip through of course but it is never intentional. Do keep up the good work. Have you ever considered doing as I do and exposing your audience to some really great photographers, the ones we generally call the masters of photography? I think one of the problems camera owners have is that they don’t see what they do in the greater context. Just a thought. Keith

    • oxfordschoolofphotography May 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

      I just checked, the pictures had a link to your article, would you prefer me to link to the writers website, which would mean that someone clicking on the picture would not find your site? Let me know which you prefer and I will change it. Keith

  2. oxfordschoolofphotography May 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Rob

    OK I will edit the links to reflect aloha’s details. If she requires more I can just remove the post

    Best wishes

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