Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture

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Alfred Stieglitz, An American Place, New York
Alfred Stieglitz, An American Place, New York,  1938, © © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust,  Ansel Adams Archive
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5 p.m. Sept. 18, 2009 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9, 2010

An exploration of the photographic portrait - the stories portraits can tell, the ways photographers convey the essence of their subjects and the impact of the relationship between photographer and subject. Including nearly 60 portraits from the Center for Creative Photography, as well as key loans from a few local collections, the exhibition raises engaging questions:

How does a portrait become iconic?

What is unique about a photographic self-portrait?

What are the advantages of working in the studio, or in the field?

How do photographers use setting, pose, camera angle, or scale to add meaning to a picture?

Prints by some of the greatest portraitists and photographic image-makers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century are included: Southworth and Hawes, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, W. Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Yousuf Karsh and Richard Avedon.