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    Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    I am looking for ideas in B&W so-called environmental portraiture and wonder who can suggest photographers whose work to study. I am well familiar with many of the greats of the past. My approach would be called conservative or traditional. I am trying to stick mostly to natural light, though I'm finding it difficult in the (bland, modern, spartan) interiors I have been working in so far. Visual metaphor, through light, form, and composition, that complements the subject in some way, is a matter occupying my thoughts these days. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    There's a recent book out called, I think, "Arnold Newman At Work". I borrowed a copy a few months ago and I found it fascinating, as I think you will. Also, David Plowden's "End of an Era". It's about the last steam-powered Great Lakes freighters, but his portraits of the sailors are quite good, to say the least. To take it back before our time, Paul Strand in New England and the Hebrides; even as far back as Hill & Adamson with their portraits of soldiers and fishermen.

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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    If you can find it, Dean Collins had a nice video on environmental portraiture. He used artificial lights to augment natural light and got some really nice stuff.
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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    If keep them far away, you don't have to worry about them blinking...

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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    Environmental portraiture covers a broad spectrum however i certainly regard August Sander as one of the true masters of the genre.
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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulophot View Post
    I am looking for ideas in B&W so-called environmental portraiture and wonder who can suggest photographers whose work to study. I am well familiar with many of the greats of the past. My approach would be called conservative or traditional. I am trying to stick mostly to natural light, though I'm finding it difficult in the (bland, modern, spartan) interiors I have been working in so far. Visual metaphor, through light, form, and composition, that complements the subject in some way, is a matter occupying my thoughts these days. Thanks for any suggestions.
    An excellent, award winning, environmental photographer was Trigger Alpert in Darien, CT. I had the horrible fortune of having to try to compete with him in photography! Fortunately very few could compete with his other talent. Look him up!

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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    Okay, Vaughn, I'll keep that in mind.
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    I did, his photography is barely mentioned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    An excellent, award winning, environmental photographer was Trigger Alpert in Darien, CT. I had the horrible fortune of having to try to compete with him in photography! Fortunately very few could compete with his other talent. Look him up!
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    Re: Learning about environmental portraiture - which photographers should I study?

    Mark, I'm not familiar with Plowden's work. Some of it I have just looked up is intriguing. I'll also look up the Newan book. I know his work but can undoubtedly learn from his work-ing.
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