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The Portrait: Who, What, When, Where and Why

10 Feb 2023 @ 16:55 - 17:35

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In journalism, these five questions are the criteria by which we judge the successful coverage of a story. The first four are simple in that they answer the obvious. The “why” is more complex and entails interpretations and contextualization of... more

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In journalism, these five questions are the criteria by which we judge the successful coverage of a story. The first four are simple in that they answer the obvious. The “why” is more complex and entails interpretations and contextualization of the narrative.

In “The Portrait”, the most overused theme in photography since its inception, the “Why” becomes even more complicated and diverse and invites an anthropological and psychological ‘raison-etre’ for the function of the image.

Bill Jay, the renowned British Photo-Historian, says, “vanity drove the rapid growth of photography in the 19th century”. From the family portraits and the carte-des-visites to the celebrity portrait, I will argue that it was also about glamour, ego and recognition.

The desire for images of self was a major motivator for its success and growth. Beginning with Nadar and Julia Margaret Cameron in the 19th C. I will illustrate the multiple functions of portraiture. In the 20th Century, the portraiture of Steichen, Newman, Penn, Leibovitz, et al. continued this tradition and the obsession with the “selfie”.

However, its function is more than illustrative; its use in identification, the passport, the driver’s license, the carnet, etc., are among the least malevolent uses. The mug shot, and the more sinister use of head-shots to discriminate against “other types” adds another element to consider in “the portrait”.

Basics

Title
The Portrait: Who, What, When, Where and Why
Speaker
J Tomas Lopez
Date
10 Feb 2023
Time
16:55 - 17:35
Duration
40 min
What do I need to bring?
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Venue

Expo Centre
Sharjah
61110
United Arab Emirates
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Phone
+971 65 123456

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