One of the most known genres for the great public and the most gratifying of the professional photography – thanks to the power of the final result – is the portrait. It can launch the career of the author, as they are tremendously expressive quality images. the technical command of the portrait is a difficult task that takes years of practice and experience. Thanks to the internet, you can admire and learn of the talent and work of some internationally referential and renown portrait photographers.
In Kilfi, we love the lists, and in this one you will find the great master portraitists.
Great master portrait photographers
Undoubtedly, one of the most famous is Arnold Newman, a US artist known for his artist portraits. He made all kinds of photos but his speciality was the portrait.
In his works, he used objects related with the profession of the protagonist of the picture. His style was called “ambient portrait” and he immortalized in his photographs people of historical relevance like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan y Woody Allen.
Another professional that can be practically considered a proper star. Annie Leibovitz is a US photographer renown for her celebrity portraits of the world of fashion and art.
Leibovitz has worked in magazines like Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Vogue. She also is one of the better paid in the world and has been awarded with the “Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Comunicación y Humanidades“. She was the privileged to immortalize John Lennon for the last time with her wife Yōko Ono, before his murder.
Lee Jeffries is internationally known for his portraits of homeless and vagabonds. Through his snapshots, of intense expressive strength. he dignifies those who have lost everything, returning them all the humanity. He gives them some spirituality, as their eyes seem to have their own light. In his words, this tendency towards the religious iconography is intentional, as each one of the photographed «reminds him of god». That way, he tries to immortalize them to honour them and don’t fall into false compassion.
The Canadian Joey Lawrence, photographer and director, since he’s 18 years old, has been courted by various companies and celebrities because f his talent: National Geographic, José Cuervo, Lavazza or the Abu Dhabi Government are some examples.
His camera is very appreciated in the advertising and photography world. He has captured the faces of Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, John Legend or Karlie Kloss. He has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery of London, something not at everyone’s reach.
Coming from the US, Brandon Stanton, became famous portrait photographers because the huge success of his project “Humans of New York”. A work years in the making, walking through the streets of the Big Apple and its citizens, with whom he talks to, trying to get them to tell their stories. His portraits are not as spectacular as others, but they captivate as he has been able to empathize with the protagonists.
Stanton has been a phenomenon in the social network world. It began in Tumblr, went through Facebook and ended in the shape of a book with this viral project. It is worth it to give it a try and enjoy his stories. A choral portrait of New York in the XXI century.
To master the portrait until you reach a standard of excellence like the members of list is a hard task. But not impossible. Remember that all of them began from the scratch. And they have managed to be big with their effort, perseverance, endless practice, rehearsal and error hours. If they have been able maybe you can.