The secret to becoming a great maker is that we do not create in a vacuum but rather are made greater by the creative communities we are a part of. Throughout art history here is a rich tradition of artists creating portraits of one another.

Below are some great photographic examples of important artists making photographic portraits of their close friends who were or became famous artists in their own right.

With your partner in mind and what you have come to know about them come up with your own way to recreate one of these portraits in a way that expresses your partner's identity.

  • Create at least 5 thumbnail sketches of the composition or structure that you want to make using the view camera during our first class to create a photographic portrait of your partner.
  • These thumbnail sketches do not need to be slowly, beautifully rendered but rather should serve as fairly exact maps of where you want elements/ objects/ body parts positioned within the frame of the photograph.
  • Feel free to come prepared with any props you may want to include- and continue the conversation about this portrait with your partner!

 

GEORGIA O'KEEFE AS PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALFRED STIEGLITZ

 

LEE MILLER AS PHOTOGRAPHED BY MAN RAY

 

PATTI SMITH AS PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE