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The New Photographic Portrait

William A. Ewing

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'Seminal ... This intriguing collection of portraits is inspiring for anyone wanting to explore and experiment with the exciting aspects of modern-day portraiture' Amateur Photographer


This groundbreaking publication announces the death of the conventional portrait. Exploring new techniques and strategies, the artists present faces to the world that are sometimes seductive, sometimes touching, sometimes frightening, but never less than riveting. Whether Gillian Wearing's masked self-portrait, Aziz + Cucher's neutral façades, LawickMuller's composite portrait of a couple, Cindy Sherman's disquieting disguises or Orlan's disturbing experiments with cosmetic surgery, these images demand attention.

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'For photographers with a passion for portraiture, this book shouldn't be ignored'
Digital Photographer Magazine

'A manifesto against our current image culture and its unrealistic ideals of beauty, youth and celebrity'
The Art Review

'Beautiful ... fascinating ... all [the photos] are captivating in some way'
Professional Photographer

'Endlessly fascinating ... inspiring and reassuring'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 260

Publication date: 30 June 2008

ISBN: 9780500287323

Contents List

Preface • Introduction • 1. Gazes: i. Facing Up; ii. Facing Down 2. Looks: iii. Masks; iv. Mergers • 3. Façades: v. Losing Face; vi. Saving Face • 4. Transplants: vii. Faking Faces; viii. Making Faces Notes • Sources of Illustrations • Acknowledgements