Sophie Calle: Suite Vénitienne (1979)


"She met a man, Henri B., at a party. He said he was moving to Venice, so she moved to Venice and there, she began to follow him. Suite Vénitienne was the resulting book, first published in 1979 and re-released this month in collaboration with Siglio. Calle documents her attempts to follow her subject. She phoned hundreds of hotels, even visited the police station, to find out where he was staying, and persuaded a woman who lived opposite to let her photograph him from her window. Her photographs show the back of a raincoated man as he travels through the winding Venetian streets, a surreal and striking backdrop to her internalised mission."


‘Suite Vénitienne’ a book by Sophie Calle


diane arbus | portraits in the park

"In the 1940s and ’50s, as a newlywed fashion photographer collaborating with her husband, Diane Arbus lived near Central Park. After their marriage broke up in 1959, Arbus moved downtown, within a few blocks’ walk of Washington Square. In both parks, she would meet and photograph people, catching them on foot or at rest. Arbus herself cut a memorable figure: a small, pixieish woman, weighed down by several bulky cameras and flash guns, coaxing passersby to pause and pose."

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Seated young couple on a park bench, N.Y.C. 1962

Seated young couple on a park bench, N.Y.C. 1962

Lillian and Dorothy Gish, eleventh generation Americans and renowned film stars, of Orphan of the Storm and Way Down East, Central Park, NYC, 1964

Lillian and Dorothy Gish, eleventh generation Americans and renowned film stars, of Orphan of the Storm and Way Down East, Central Park, NYC, 1964

Teenage boy on a bench in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962

Teenage boy on a bench in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962

Diane Arbus in Central Park, by Tod Papageorge, 1967

Diane Arbus in Central Park, by Tod Papageorge, 1967

a portrait experiment

six photographers were invited by canon on an experiment about how the photographer shapes the image of the person portrayed more than the actual person.

do you believe it's true? don't you think the guy just acted different roles and that's why you get a different feeling in each portrait?

personally i feel that a portrait is shaped by both the photographer and the sitter.

interesting approach for an ad campaign.




the minimalist b/w self portraits of noell oszvald

Noell Oszvald is a 25-year-old visual artist from Budapest, Hungary. “I’m not a photographer,” she says, but she does use a camera to create her art. Among her recent works is a series of striking self-portrait photos. Each one is a surreal piece that focuses on black-and-white minimalism.

Oszvald focuses on playing with lines, horizons, poses, and contrasts to create abstract, “perfectly balanced” scenes. The images themselves may be stark and minimalist, but the process is a little more complicated.

“Most of [my self-portraits] are composites that only give the illusion of being photographs,” Oszvald says in an interview with Lines magazine. “I usually don’t pre-visualize my images; they’re spontaneous. If I have a specific idea in mind I draw sketches that help me perfect the concept before taking the photos I’ll use later on.”

“I find post-processing the most enjoyable part of creating,” she continues. “I build my pictures up from several different ones, much like a jigsaw puzzle.”


Photographs by Noell Oszvald


lisa larsen's portraits

Larsen, Lisa (1925 - 1959)

Born in Germany, Lisa Larsen moved to the United States as a teenager and promptly became a freelance photographer for many publications such as Vogue, Glamour and in particular, Life. At the beginning, she was mostly assigned entertainment and fashion stories, depicting Hollywood stars, Grace Kelly in New York before she embarked for Monaco, John F.Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding but also America’s youth. Soon, her work became more political and the German photographer turned into a pioneering female photojournalist (before prematurely dying from breast cancer), travelling around the world, always eager to depict emotional, realistic, warm and sympathetic portraits: ‘I feel it is very important to know your subjects as individuals. Ideally this takes time – and often you don’t have time. You work under pressure… I dislike superficial and I especially dislike superficial relationships’. She became a favorite of the Russian leader, Nikita Khrushchev who, during one of his anti-Western speeches, once declared: ‘Don’t misunderstand me. There is an American girl standing in front of me. Americans are good people.’

The good American girl was Lisa Larsen.


Photographs by Lisa Larsen



love letters between alfred stieglitz and his beloved georgia o'keeffe

" I wonder if your body wants mine the way mine wants yours — the kisses — the hotness — the wetness — all melting together — the being held so tight that it hurts — the strangle and the struggle."

"How I wanted to photograph you — the hands — the mouth — & eyes — & the enveloped in black body — the touch of white — & the throat "

(portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz)

The story of the love between photographer Alfred Stieglitz and painter Georgia O’Keeffe fascinates, not only because it tracks a significant time in the development of modern art, but also because it is laced with the humanity and fragility that makes for a passion far more interesting than fiction. They were artists together. They shared a devotion as well as an honesty that reflected a relationship unique for its time. They cycled from intense heat for each other to a shaky acknowledgment that much of what they desired out of life could not be completely fulfilled by the other, and then back to gratitude for having found someone with whom they could celebrate the human limits of their love.

Their letters from this period,revealing the intensity of their passion have been collected and published in the book My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: 1915–1933 by Sarah Greenough.

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the amazing saul leiter in london's photographer's gallery

one of my favourite photographer's indeed, i simply adore his work.

don't miss his london exhibition if you are in the city but also don't miss the great documentary on him by tomas leach, titled 'in no great hurry'.


searching for the owners of abandoned photo booth portraits

When James Bennett and Andrew Goddard found joy, art, and even solace in collecting abandoned Photo Booth pictures from Paris during their Mormon missions in 1995-1997, they never dreamed that perhaps they had amassed the most diverse collection of self-portraiture of a community known to Paris in the 1990s.

Now twenty years later, with all the intention of returning these photographs to their owners, they are making a documentary searching across the world to find out who these people were and are, and perhaps find out a few things about themselves in the process.



betty & mathilde maggira

Irving Penn's 'corner' portraits of cultural icons

love love love the idea.

marlene dietrich

“Sometime in 1948 I began photographing portraits in a small corner space made of two studio flats pushed together, the floor covered with a piece of old carpeting… this confinement, surprisingly seemed to comfort people, soothing them.” 

- Irving Penn

konstantinos markoulakis

so true.

nature meets portraiture | living grass portraits

British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey have created a series of large scale portraits using living grass as their canvas. The artists project a negative image of a photograph onto a wall-mounted sheet of grass seedlings on clay, in a dark room, and photosynthesis takes care of the rest. The grass grows in shades of green directly proportional to the amount of light they receive, thus creating a tinted image of the photo.

Up close it may just look like a field of grass, but from far away the living image looks like a verdant version of the original photograph. The portraits can last for months, even years, becoming sharper as they grow, then slowly fading away.

danai skiadi

book cover for xenia kalogeropoulou's autobiography


No better way to begin this new site than this wonderful collaboration!

Deeply honoured to be Mrs. Xenia Kalogeropoulou's choice of portrait cover, for the book that narrates her life.

Xenia Kalogeropoulou was born in 1936, in Athens, Greece. She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art of London and made her stage debut in 1956 as a member of the London-based french group "La Troupe Franchaise". She made her Athens stage debut in 1958 and quickly became one of the top actresses of her generation, appearing in Chekhov's "The Seagull" (as Nina), Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (as Portia), Turgenev's "A Month in the Country" (as Natalia), Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (as Cecily) etc. She has also written and directed many interesting plays for children. She made her screen debut in 1958 and had a short but fruitful movie career (about 40 films between 1958 and 1972). She is the founder of the theater "Porta", one of the best theatre stages in Athens, Greece.

welcome to my portrait blog

Thank you for dropping in, i will be more than happy to share my work with you, as well as anything interesting i find about and around the fascinating art of portraiture.