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What Puts the Icon in Iconic Portraits?
Old 12-23-2009, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking about portraits. You know, those often-formal (or not) pictures of people that say something about who and what they are.

My stream of consciousness started overflowing its banks, leading my thoughts to iconic portraits snapped by iconic portrait photographers.

I started asking myself, "What or who mostly makes a portrait iconic? The photographer or the sitter?"

Then, it hit me. Not exactly like an epiphany but more like a fog-lifting awareness which, in truth, is how many things become part of my awareness... READ MORE?
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Re: What Puts the Icon in Iconic Portraits?
Old 12-24-2009, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah Jimmy I think your right, but if I can make a momma cry when she sees a framed 24x30 of her son for the first time, then I think I've done my job just as well as those iconic guys. I just don't make as much money as them.
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Re: What Puts the Icon in Iconic Portraits?
Old 12-31-2009, 06:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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After reading your blog, I think is fair to say, if a famous sitter is your subject, the image has a better chance of becoming an "Iconic" image.. That is to say, that the sitter is already an "Icon" from their own contributions that has benefited many and has a reputation now that follows them. Ergo, A photographer could gain a bit of "Iconship" from the public's great interest in "That" image.
Now, Karsh, had a wife that "really" put his talent in the "Right" spot light to allow him to photograph famous people (His desire). Yes, he has a great eye with framing and timing..This also helps a great deal. So, his talent does have an important role, but, so does his "connections" (his wife's in this case).
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