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    wbaxter
    Participant

    We are approaching the time to think about what is a Portrait, would you agree with this definition

    “A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the person…

    #15588

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Sounds OK but we have a definition of what a portrait is in our rules.

    The only contention is whether or not groups should be excluded. At present more than one person may appear in the picture but the subject should clearly be one person.

    If you would like ask the committee to look at this again you could do so but any changes cannot be applied this year.

    Now, over to you….

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    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    Sounds OK but we have a definition of what a portrait is in our rules.

    The only contention is whether or not groups should be excluded. At present more than one person may appear in the picture but the subject should clearly be one person.

    If you would like ask the committee to look at this again you could do so but any changes cannot be applied this year.

    Now, over to you….

    #15596

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    I would assume Wallace  refers to the subject broadly in the wider world rather than the strictures of club photography. Hence the reference to portrait paintings sculpture etc. outside the strictures of club photography. With this in mind does the portrait have to be a person dead or alive? Thinking of arguably the most beautiful artwork ever  Andromada . As there was no such person , then the statue by Olivieri  in the 16th century had to be his imagination based on Greek mythology. However I think Wallace you have defined a “Portrait” in as good a description that I have seen. Only photographic clubs could conspire to limit a portrait being of just one person.WHY???? Recently looking at a Victorian era portrait of two sibling sisters . The pose- the lighting-expressions clearly by a master photographer  the likes unseen in club photography which dishes up digital snapshots of someone in peculiar dress in the park and call them portraits. The greatest did-service of all is that by clubs in the skill of portraits. So much that judges now would not recognise an excellent portrait if they saw one. I will always remember and how blessed we were at Wilmslow to have the Desmond Groves studio.To look at the amazing portraits of the Cheshire Set. Class all round. Well done Wallace –well defined.

    #15619

    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Angelina Jolie   © Peter Lindbergh

    Here are some portraits from the Wall Street Journal Magazine. They are in all cases pictures of particular (recognisable) people, photographed as themselves.

    As the article says, “The magazine works with some of the world’s top photographers, from well-known names in editorial work like David Bailey, Juergen Teller and Peter Lindbergh to more unexpected artists like Nobuyoshi Araki.” (No slouches, then!)

    The text is an interview (perhaps not a very profound one) with the magazine’s director of photography, who was also a juror for the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017.

    ( If you’re interested, LensCulture as lots more articles about portraits.)

    #15640

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Another great selection Ian. I must say my preference is the Iranian father with two daughters and dog on his lap. Class family portrait. Was watching Monty Don last nights tv on gardens in Iran. Such a beautiful place with their beautiful historic gardens and water gardens all open for the public. Beautiful place for photography  and the people have such class it exudes as it does in the portrait. Why do clubs restrict portraits to just one person?????

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