began photographing Picasso in 1951; a black-and-white image he took two years later captures Picasso in a quiet moment at his studio in France’s Côte d’Azur. The artist faces away from the camera, arms crossed, one hand clutching a stick of charcoal. The photo’s composition is crowded with metal plates,
paintings, shelves littered with tools, and a smattering of ceramic pieces. An unpainted canvas with faint lines sketched onto it matches Picasso’s starched white shirt, providing a nice visual break from the chaotic scene surrounding him. He appears caught in a pensive moment of pause, and we’re led to wonder if it’s authentic concern on his face, or a well-played act for the camera.