Chapter 8. A Session in the Studio

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Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.

—Henri Cartier-Bresson

What I love about traditional portraiture is that the bar is set high when it comes to striving for excellence in technically proficient capture.

When most people think of the traditional family portrait, a formalness of sorts comes to mind. Everyone is positioned just so, down to the pinky. The lighting is broad and often flat, the composition is standard but pleasing, and the focus is not so much on expression but on ...

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