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We are Pleased to present this excellent Issue of Portrait Photography, A showcase and articles of the finest photographers in Israel and abroad. Such a celebration of human beauty! We wish you a pleasant reading and lot's of enjoyment and of course - Happy Passover !


  • Fine Art Photography Magazine

    April 2015 #7


    Y E H O S H U A R A V E H M O D I S H O F I L


  • 2Israeli Art Market

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    Editor & Founder : Dafna Navarro Content Editor : Emma Gotenberg

    Graphic Design : Ziv Kay

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    8/ The Definition Of Portrait Photography By Kathleen Francis

    12/ Portrait Photography Basic By Mia Rose 16/ Igor Zeiger 30/ Adi Ofer

    40/Elad David

    54/ Ksu Shachmeister 70/ Avi Perl 80/ Lika Ramati

    96/ Mozes Nachumovich 118/ Mula Eshet 136/ Yehoshua Raveh

    148/ Modi Shofil

    170/ Most Influential Photographers - Jeanloup Sieff 180/ Most Influential Photographers - Michal Chelbin- Sailboats And Swans 190/ Most Influential Photographers - Cindy Sherman-History Portraits 198/ Elsewhere - Annie Leibovitz 208/ Elsewhere - Irving Penn


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    Portrait Portrait PHOTOGRAPHY

    Copyrighted to Philippe Halsman. Marilyn Monroe

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    Portrait Portrait PHOTOGRAPHY

    "I drove to the outskirts of Los Angeles, where she lived in a two-room apartment. What impressed me in the living room was the obvious striving for self-improvement. I saw a photograph of Eleanora Duse and a multitude of books that I did not expect to find there, like the works of Dostoevsky, Freud, the history of Fabian socialism, etc. On the floor were two barbells." Philippe Halsman

    Copyrighted to Philippe Halsman. Marilyn Monroe

  • 8Portrait photography produces pictures that capture the personality of a subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait

    The definition of Portrait Photography

    Portrait photography produces pictures that capture the personality of a subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or school events. Portraits can serve many purposes, from usage on a personal Web site to display in the lobby of a business.One can find other more or less "official" definitions of portrait photography, but this one captures several aspects that are important to portrait photography (or to portraiture in the visual arts overall) which may not be explained in detail in a general-purpose dictionary.

  • 9A Portrait: Captures the personality or essence of a subject. Not just a picture with a person in it. A "clinical" portrait might not attempt to reveal the soul of a person, but it still needs to capture something of that person's uniqueness or else it's not a portrait.

    Copyrighted to Philippe Halsman. Marilyn Monroe

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    Is staged. While portraits can be candid, even those tend to have some intentionality. The lighting, backdrops, and poses are important, even if they are ad hoc. (Or maybe especially when they are.)

    Is commissioned. While this isn't necessary in a literal sense, in a larger sense portrait photographs aremade for the purpose. Someone the subject, or the artist, or some organization wants a portrayal of a certain person (or group of people). Even a street portrait of a stranger can fit, based on the photographer's intention.

    The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, an article by Kathleen Francis on the subject

    Copyrighted to Philippe Halsman. Marilyn Monroe

  • 11http://israeliartmarket.comCopyrighted to Philippe Halsman. Marilyn Monroe

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    Are You Looking For Portrait Photography Tips So That You Can Improve Your Picture Taking Skills?

    At first thought, portrait photography would seem easy, yet the results are often disappointing.Many of our pictures often include people, and whether you are photographing a model, taking a family photo, or capturing some candid shots while on vacation, you have probably discovered that great photography is a little more than just pointing a camera and pushing a button.In fact, a really good photo should convey the subjects character and personality, and communicate something distinct or identifiable about who they are as a person. Following a few key tips will help you learn how to take great portraits so you will never be disappointed again.

    1/ Choose The Appropriate SettingThe first step in taking portraits is to find out what the subject or family wants.

    What is the models personality or the attitude of the family? Are they outgoing, serious, or funny? What are they trying to create with the photo? What mood are they wanting to convey? Or, what are the reasons for having the photos taken?When you answer these questions, you will be able to choose an appropriate setting accordingly. Settings can vary from a formal indoor environment, to a more casual outdoor location, a family home, a studio, or even a subjects workplace.Also, when considering backgrounds, remember that the focus should always be on the subject, so choose a setting that is passive or complements and enhances the theme and mood of the photograph.

    2/ Consider Lighting Lighting can change the mood and effect of any photograph, and when taking portraits, natural lighting is best, so whenever possible, take these pictures outdoors or by a window.

    It is important to be aware of lighting and shadows as you want to flatter your subjects, not draw attention to wrinkles or imperfections. Also, keep in mind that flash lighting can cause red eye and may also produce boring, clinical photographs.Rather than looking like the typical, uninteresting school pictures, you want your photos to be creative and intriguing so they capture peoples attention and express the subjects personality. Experiment with lighting by trying some silhouetting, use soft lighting for a more romantic mood, or schedule a sunrise photo shoot.

    3/ Pose Subjects Well When taking portraits, it is important to give your models clear instructions. Sometimes the best positioning may feel a little awkward or unnatural, so if you need your subject to tilt their head to the left or drop their shoulder down a little, you must communicate exactly what you want.

    Philippe HalsmanAlfred Hitchcock

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    Positioning the head and body at different angles will give you some variety in your shots and make your photos more interesting. It is important that you make the subjects feel comfortable, so take a few minutes to get to know them and put them at ease.

    If you can understand a little of their personality, you may get a better idea on how to pose them. Pay attention to expressions, body language, and other traits and try to pose the models so you can capture some of these identifiable features. Also, you should ask your clients what type of pictures they are hoping for because this may help you determine different poses that will add to the creativity and mood of the photos.

    4/ Use The Right Camera Setting And LensesFor portraits, it is best to use an optical zoom and the widest possible aperture. By changing the shutter speeds and aperture values you can vary the images by having the entire frame in focus, making subjects appear sharper, or blurring backgrounds. Use a tele lens to soften backgrounds, create distortions, or take pictures from a distance. Making the right equipment choices will help improve the quality and variety of your portraits.

    5/ Vary Viewpoint Or Respective As a photographer you must learn how to think outside the box. With the resources available today, boring, posed photos will not make much of an impression. Creativity it the key! Most pictures are taken at eye level, but by changi