The portrait is fairly central to the idea of photography itself. It didn’t take long for the early photographic pioneers to turn their lenses toward their fellow men and woman in an attempt to capture something of the essential nature of the human spirit.
In any portrait, the goal is to form a connection between the subject, removed as they are, and the viewer through the medium of the print. The photographer is the bridge between the two, spanning the gap through technical and artistic prowess. Or so it is hoped.
Black & White Portraits