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Herb Ascherman


Portraits of People Without Clothes.

These portraits are from a series entitled Two or More, taken in my studio and at various locations.

I photograph without pretense.

My work is defined by the 5 Criteria:

Mastery of Tools and Technique

A Rapport between the Photographer and the Subject

The Visibility of that Rapport to the Viewer

Unique Vision

Strong Emotional Impact


I have no predisposition, no message as to what I do or why.  I just take pictures.

Rarely have I met the people I photograph before they walk into my small studio. We talk for a few minutes, develop a rapprochement, and work for an hour. I take about twenty frames of film.

I photograph with an 8 x 10 Deardorff view camera using black and white film. I work exclusively in the afternoon with daylight from a bank of west-facing windows. When on location, I work without fill or reflected light.

For the past twenty years I have rendered my photographic images as artifacts in the resurgent art of Platinum Printing.

Le plus simple, le meilleur.

 – Herb Ascherman





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