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I am an artist, John Yuyi

I am an artist

John Yuyi

Photography - 70 x 70 x 0.5 cm


Ruffle season Palm Springs CA, Photograph, Archival Ink Jet, William Dey

Ruffle season Palm Springs CA, Photograph, Archival Ink Jet

William Dey

Photography - 50.8 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm


Marilyn Relaxes in A Hotel Room, Ed Feingersh

Marilyn Relaxes in A Hotel Room

Ed Feingersh

Photography - 76 x 51 x 0.1 cm


Lens 1951, mineur silicosé 1951, Willy Ronis

Lens 1951, mineur silicosé 1951

Willy Ronis

Photography - 40 x 30 x 1 cm


Truman Capote in his Jaguar XKE, Long Island, USA, Horst P. Horst

Truman Capote in his Jaguar XKE, Long Island, USA

Horst P. Horst

Photography - 59.9 x 59.9 x 0.3 cm


Frida Kahlo in the blue house, Coyoacán, Mexico., Leo Matiz

Frida Kahlo in the blue house, Coyoacán, Mexico.

Leo Matiz

Photography - 35.6 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm


David Bowie Planche contact, Mousse

David Bowie Planche contact


Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.2 cm


Francis Ford Coppola, Serge Arnal

Francis Ford Coppola

Serge Arnal

Photography - 30 x 40 x 0.2 cm


Photographie de Carole Bouquet, Just Jaeckin

Photographie de Carole Bouquet

Just Jaeckin

Photography - 80 x 60 x 1 cm


Tom Cruise à Paris Planche contact, Pierre Suu

Tom Cruise à Paris Planche contact

Pierre Suu

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.2 cm


Selfie @ Altitude - Belgium, Stefan Darte

Selfie @ Altitude - Belgium

Stefan Darte

Photography - 42 x 60 x 0.3 cm


Gun 1, New York 1955. Contact peint, William Klein

Gun 1, New York 1955. Contact peint

William Klein

Photography - 24 x 18.4 x 1 cm


Arnold Schwarzenegger, Greg Gorman

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Greg Gorman

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.5 cm


Girl Standing with Oars, Tony Potts

Girl Standing with Oars

Tony Potts

Photography - 55.9 x 40.6 cm


Chanel Autrement / Marilyn Blue. (1), Franck Doat

Chanel Autrement / Marilyn Blue. (1)

Franck Doat

Photography - 70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Miami Beach #49, Andy Sweet

Miami Beach #49

Andy Sweet

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Frida Kahlo Memory of my miscarriage, Thomas Dellert

Frida Kahlo Memory of my miscarriage

Thomas Dellert

Photography - 60 x 40 x 3 cm


Clark Gable à Paris, René Vital

Clark Gable à Paris

René Vital

Photography - 40 x 30 x 0.1 cm


Jeune Vitrier. Rue Greneta, André Ostier

Jeune Vitrier. Rue Greneta

André Ostier

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Here comes the future - vacuum, David Carey

Here comes the future - vacuum

David Carey

Photography - 50 x 64 x 0.1 cm


Attente, Eden



Photography - 60 x 80 x 0.3 cm


Vietnam, Chau Doc, Batelier, Eric Benard

Vietnam, Chau Doc, Batelier

Eric Benard

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Squirting champagne, Lagoon of Orbetello, Marco Tenaglia

Squirting champagne, Lagoon of Orbetello

Marco Tenaglia

Photography - 44.5 x 67 cm


Portrait d’un meurtrier, Momentum

Portrait d’un meurtrier


Photography - 50 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Chiara Slewett, Rio de Janeiro, 2005 +  "I Love You" édition collector, Mario Testino

Chiara Slewett, Rio de Janeiro, 2005 + "I Love You" édition collector

Mario Testino

Photography - 40.6 x 30.5 x 1 cm


Ghost Story (Self Portrait with my Mother), Lisa Toboz

Ghost Story (Self Portrait with my Mother)

Lisa Toboz

Photography - 50 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Marilyn Laughing in Black Dress, Bert Stern

Marilyn Laughing in Black Dress

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm


Poppoppout, Boss



Photography - 60 x 40 x 0.5 cm


Untitled Portrait of Female, Man Ray

Untitled Portrait of Female

Man Ray

Photography - 25.7 x 26 cm


Portrait Photography for Sale

In the 1830s, Nièpce discovered the process for setting images onto pewter plates. In 1833, upon Nièpce's death, Louis Daguerre and François Arago continued his experiments and invented the daguerreotype, a process which created a printed image on a silver plate that had been exposed to light. Photography was born.

Similarly to how portrait painting had dominated artistic output in previous centuries, portrait photography was to become the pillar of the Second French Empire's photographic industry. Lenses with a shorter focal length, which enabled reduced exposure times, gradually appear on the market. The required equipment was expensive and difficult to handle. Some photographers, called daguerreotypists, decided to open their own photography studios to make a profit from their endeavours. The daguerreotype process was temperamental, and photographers had to take their pictures with great precision and attention to detail. They welcomed many people into their studios and customers choose how they wished to be photographed from catalogue of poses. Originally only accessible to the bourgeoisie, lower prices resulting from the growing number of studios eventually attracted a wider customer base. This phenomenon infuriated the poet Charles Baudelaire who was frustrated by the sense of narcissism sparked by the daguerreotypists.

Despite his protests, the egotistical trend only grew with the emergence of 'carte de visite' portraits (small photographs, the size of today's business cards). These were the brainchild of Adolphe Eugène Disdéri came up with the idea of producing portraits akin to visiting cards in 1859. He printed eight portraits in a variety of poses onto a single plate and once developed they could be cut up into eight distinct “visiting cards". Very popular with the bourgeoisie, they highlighted the sitters' social status. 'Carte de visite' portraits featuring celebrities were also sold to customers, who could subsequently add them to their albums.

The photographer Nadar was one of the first to demonstrate a conscious artistic approach to producing these portraits. He emphasised facial expressions and ensured the sitter was comfortable and at ease before taking the photograph. He photographed the era's greatest thinkers and artists, including Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, and Victor Hugo. He even managed to reconcile Baudelaire with portraiture.

At the end of the 19th century, the art of photography started to enter the mainstream, with the arrival of the Kodak company. The use of the camera, and the taking of portraits, became everyday occurrences. A century later, it was the invention of the digital camera which challenged the status quo. Whereas before alterations could only be made to photographs when they were being taken or developed, with the digital camera editing became easier, quicker and more convenient. Digital photography has given photographers much more freedom when it comes to editing and new methods and techniques are constantly being explored.

Some of the photographers who have left their mark on the last century include: Cindy Sherman, who excelled in self-portraits, Annie Leibovitz, who captured celebrities, the wacky duo, Pierre and Gilles, as well as Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims.

So, do portraits help us to learn more about each other, to remember, to invent, to act, or to reconnect with ourselves? Find out on Artsper, by exploring the works of Formento & Formento, Naomi Vona, Ahmed Bennani, Chou Ching Hui, Samuel CuetoBrno del ZouRen Hang, Markus + Indrani, Jerome Liebling as well as Annina Roescheisen.

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What makes a portrait photograph?

A portrait photograph can be a photograph of a person's head and shoulders, but it can also be of an animal or of a different section of the subject's body such as their feet. Portrait photographs in art often tell or hint something about its subject to the viewer, such as an aspect of their personality, but still contain an element of mystery. 

What are the three major types of portrait photography?

The three major types of portrait photography are posed portraits, candid or anonymous portraits, and conceptual portraits. The last type, conceptual or creative portraits, can be experimental and abstract, and may not represent an image close to a traditional portrait.

What are the six styles of portrait photography?

The six main types of portrait photography are fine art portraits, traditional portraits (for example posed portraits taken at school), lifestyle portraits, group portraits, street portraits and glamour portraits.