Making Pictures of People

Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture

Presented by FlakPhoto in association
with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

/ Introduction

What compels us to look at pictures of people? When is a photographic portrait successful? Does portraiture tell us more about the person sitting for the camera or the image-maker behind the lens?

Making Pictures of People considers these questions in a series of interviews focused on portraiture produced since 2000. A robust selection of works from 27 photographers sourced from within the online photo/arts community, this exhibition explores the breadth and diversity of portrait picture-making today. While some images emphasize the construction of identity through race, gender and class, others question the relationship between individuality and the ways we classify ourselves according to cultural imperatives. At the core of these different approaches is the artists' exchange with their subjects and the creative inspirations that drive them to make images that push photographic portraiture forward.

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