A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he's being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks. He's implicated in what's happening, and he has a certain real power over the result.
“The art and craft of portraiture” is a phase that turns up all the time in books, articles, blogs, and web sites devoted to the making of pictures of people. Though I haven't checked, I wouldn't be at all surprised if either of us hasn't tucked it into this book a couple of times. And just what does it mean? Just what are we implying when we link the words “art” and “craft” to portrait making?
The first thing we have to do to answer that ...