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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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13 Portraits

It is the widely held belief that a good portrait is generally a well-lit depiction of smiling, young, and dynamic faces. However, that is often superficial because the artistic depiction of a person should be more than just good compositional lighting: Every person has an individual personality and spiritual beliefs and a close relationship to his or her surroundings, which undoubtedly leave their mark. A sophisticated photograph of a person should attempt to show their individual traits (including wrinkles and spots) as well as factors from their surroundings that have influenced them. Such portrait photography can be achieved from both maintaining a certain distance and from having an intimate knowledge of the person. Obviously, ...

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