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Duane Michals and his Four Sorts of Photographic Portraits


Thames and Hudson publishes a new book by American photographer Duane Michals which gathers his best portraits. Duane Michals explains below his ideas about portraits, with a certain humor, as usual.   There are four sorts of photographic portraits: 1 – Stand and Stare When daguerreotypes were first made, clamps held the subject’s head firmly in place while being photographed so it couldn’t move and cause a blur, which was considered a flaw. In time, as the speed of film increased, this procedure became unnecessary, but the stand and stare position became the de rigueur posture for photographic portraits. My...

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