This long-overdue monograph presents an astonishing panorama of portraits by American photographer William Coupon (born 1952). With his camera, the photographer was given unprecedented access to artists, musicians and politicians such as Elie Wiesel, Mick Jagger, Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Harrison, Miles Davis with his daughter, David Byrne, and many others. He photographed these people against a backdrop of hand-painted Belgian linen, side-lit by a single fixture, with a medium-format camera, producing painterly portraits that recall Rembrandt and Holbein. Coupon has diverged little from this method over the years, whether shooting the president in the Oval Office, musicians from New York City, or indigenous people. ...
This article is reserved for subscribed members only. If you are already a member, you can log in here below.
Subscribe for full access to The Eye of Photography archives!
That’s thousands of images and articles, documenting the history of the medium of photography and its evolution during the last decade, through a unique daily journal. Explore how photography, as an art and as a social phenomenon, continue to define our experience of the world. Two offers are available.
Subscribe either monthly for $5 or annually for $50 (2 months offered).