Monday, November 29, 2010


Photographic Portraiture has gotten very serious of late. Many of my favorites show their subjects with blank or serious expressions. I thought it would be instructive to look at a few of the masters of portraiture and how they handle the smile. Before photographs though, Leonardo Da Vinci brought the smile to portraiture with his masterpiece the Mona Lisa. Up until then, portraiture was more lines and exterior without really capturing the spirit of the subject.

Here are some of the masters of modern photographic portraiture and their take.
Jim Carrey by Dan Winters

Blythe Danner by Eric Ogden

Juce Law by Annie Leibovitz

Finally, here is one of my own with a smile.
Christina Holmes by Scott R. Kline