I’ve wanted to create a photo post–I’ve been camping and chasing waterfalls–but my camera is in the shop for repairs. Instead, I’ll share the work by a few favorite portraitists:
Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002)
Yousuf Karsh Portraits Thank God for Uncle Nakash in Ottawa who received Yousuf in 1925. His displaced Armenian parents sent him to Canada for a better life. “If my first day at Sherbrooke High School proved a dilemma for the teachers—in what grade did one place a seventeen-year-old Armenian boy who spoke no English, who wanted to be a doctor, and who came armed only with good manners?” Yousuf’s uncle was an established photographer and Yousuf learned the basics. After opening his own studio in 1931, who sits for him other than Winston Churchill, catapulting Yousuf’s career. I like his shots because they show personality. Yousuf’s website
Annie Leibovitz (1949- )
I don’t often wish I were someone else, but Annie’s life is pretty amazing. Did you know she’s deemed a living legend? She thought she wanted to be a painter but became interested in photography in 1970. A new magazine came out called Rolling Stone and the editor liked her portfolio and made her a photographer for the magazine. What was her first assignment? John Lennon–how lucky is that?
She’s famous for her staging; there’s movement in the frozen image. Have you seen her collection featuring stars as Disney characters? I think they are beautiful.
Queen Latifa as Ursula, The Little Mermaid. You can learn more about her here: Annie Leibovitz
Gregory Heisler (1954- )
Famous for his 70 + Time Magazine cover shots, his mastery of shadow and light and wide variety of businessmen, officals, and athletes make him an exceptional portraitist. Gregory Heisler website
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The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is clear when a portraitist captures the spirit of a person. Do you have a memorable portrait you love or photographer for whose work you are drawn?