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The Portrait Photographer's Manual

Cian Oba-Smith, Max Ferguson


A comprehensive introduction to the styles and techniques of portrait photography

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Through simple projects on subjects such as 'Making Self-Portraits' and 'Capturing Personal Moments' as well as captivating profiles of twenty internationally acclaimed photographers, Cian Oba-Smith and Max Ferguson give you a visual tour of the medium. Perfect for the aspiring portrait photographer, this manual includes:

• Projects with which to experiment and develop your technique
• Inspirational profiles of leading photographers from around the world
• A complete overview of the most exciting, continually evolving form of photography

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'This thoughtful treatise on portraiture offers a fresh look at the genre'
Digital Camera

'Comprehensive and insightful'
Amateur Photographer

'Takes a modest yet radical approach to portrait photography’s ethical questions ... Ferguson and Oba-Smith offer many insights'
British Journal of Photography

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 22.9 x 17.7 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 1

Publication date: 20 July 2023

ISBN: 9780500297131

Contents List

1. Introduction to Portraiture
2. The Self
3. Studio and Styled
4. Friends and Family
5. Abstracting Portrature
6. Making a Career

About the Author

Cian Oba-Smith is a practising photographer, and also guest lectures regularly at universities and art institutions around the United Kingdom. His work has appeared in many publications, including the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, the Guardian, the British Journal of Photography, TIME magazine, The Fader, Le Monde, Port Magazine, Dazed & Confused and The New Yorker, among others. Max Ferguson is a photographer, writer, photo editor and educator. He has worked at Port Magazine and the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, and now works at Granta.