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Photographic Composition by David Page, Richard D. Zakia

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Portraiture

Self Portrait

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Edward S. Curtis

Portrait: Miss N

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Gertrude Kasebier

Formal
Informal
Environmental
Camera Distance
Pupil Size
Exercises

Formal: What constitutes a good portrait? First and foremost, it must show more than what a person looks like. It must show his or her personality—who the person really is. This portrait does just that. It is a 1902 photograph of a young, attractive, and sensual showgirl, Evelyn Nesbit. She is very much at ease, as we can see from her engaging facial expression and body position. She reveals herself ...

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