The Art of Portrait Photography

PBS Arts
Sep 18, 2013 3:24PM

Humans have been creating likenesses of each other for thousands of years, but with the introduction of photography, a new language developed for capturing the human image. 

Photography created opportunities for not just for biography and documentation, but also depth, empathy, and experimentation. 

Many portrait photographers today elevate their work from mere photo to art, communicating ideas and capturing the human subject with dignity, all while exploring the meaning and potential of portraiture.


Matt Hoyle 

Bex Finch

Jamie Diamond

Ethan Levitas

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