Leon Borensztein

Bruce Gilden

Robert Frank

Alec Soth

Are Street Photos Legal ?

Richard Avedon

Annie Leibovitz

Sally Mann

Suzanne Opton

Bob Gates

Photography of people:

Portrait photography and Photographing the Human Condition.
Remember the variety of styles presented in the class videos from...
the gonzo street work of Bruce Gilden to the stark studio work of Richard Avedon.

Portraits are a collaborative effort - the subject(s) work with the photographer.
Human Condition Photos illustrate people in the world around us.

portrait 1portrait 2 candid

Portrait photography
can be described as the collaborative process between the photographer and the subject.
Portraits can be formal or informal, controlled within a studio or "on location."
Lighting may be artificially controlled and enhanced or you can take advantage of the "available light".
It is important to use light as a compositional element of your photographs.

Street Photography becomes Portrait Photography when you engage the subject- ask for permission (see Bob Gates).

Build on what you learned in the motion and depth of field assignment to make strong compelling images.

Portraits can have one subject or involve a whole group of people. The more subjects, the greater difficulty.

Photographing the human condition is a way to document lives and create a record of the world as you see it. Documentary photography usually involves a message or story related to the photographs. Photo-journalism is another example of documenting the human condition that is usually shared in some type of published document such as a newspaper or magazine. In most cases, this type of photograph does not involve the collaboration that exists in a portrait session.

The subject may not even be aware that you are including them in the photograph. "Street photography" involves capturing people in the environment, in their interactions with each other and their involvement with the world around them.

For this assignment you should shoot lots of images and carry your camera around so that you will be ready to capture images at any time.

  • 1) Shoot multiple photographs of at least four different situations illustrating the Human Condition.
  • 2) Shoot multiple exposures of at least four different PORTRAIT (collaborative) situations.
  • 3) From these exposures, you will submit six strong images for review. Three portraits and three of the human condition.
  • You should expose at least 100 images for this assignment

Remember all the skills you have learned so far. Fill the frame. Be careful with exposures. Use depth of field and selective focus to best advantage and remember... Lighting is important. Also refer to your experience of composition - filling the frame and paying attention to line, shape and space. Use motion and depth of field to make your images stand out and be more interesting.

Refer to the Masters-of-photography web-site for other examples of work.


In your people final folder~

3 original portrait and 3 original human condition images
(un-modified from the camera).

If you modified the images include the photoshop (.psd) file that you used.

Also save the modified images as jpg images.

Put COPIES of your final JPG images in the People Final Share folder

The filenames should indicate port or hc.





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