Art & Portraits

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A portrait is a work of art that documents the likeness of a person or creature that’s alive or has been alive. In fine art, in particular, portraits are pieces of artwork, which can be photographs, painting, sculptures, or any other portraiture of a human being, often with the face of the person as the central theme.

The subject of a portrait art can be an individual or a group, such as a team or family. The most common types of portrait works of art include self-portraits (portraits of the artists by the artists), group portraits, and the classic portrait of a single person.

They usually depict the subject either full-body, half-length, or head & shoulders (aka passport portraits). And they can be figurative, abstract, or realistic.

Steve Mumford’s paintings show what happens in war-torn areas

Many artists often find that they have to immerse themselves in the landscapes and the environment that they paint. This not only helps when capturing the true essence of the subjects to be featured in the art, but it also helps the artist gain a deeper understanding of the subjects regarding their feelings, emotions, and […]

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Abbas Kowsari’s surprising photos of veiled female police squad in Iran

In 2003 the first females ever graduated from Iran’s police academy in the capital city Tehran, after undergoing training for three years. Spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei himself had to give permission to Tehran’s police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf to create the first all-female police unit. Abbas Kowsari about his project “During Qalibaf’s time as police

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Prohibited photos from world’s most isolated country – Michal Huniewicz

A lot of attention was recently drawn to a series of photographs taken by London-based photographer Michal Huniewicz. These photographs are somewhat prohibited as they show the real side of North Korea. The only way how tourists can North Korea Tourists who want to visit North Korea are only allowed to do so through pre-arranged

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Fan Ho’s street photography: How Hong Kong looked like 60 years ago

Born in Shanghai in 1931 but moved to Hong Kong early in his life, Fan Ho was a renowned actor, film director, and photographer who has won numerous awards (280 awards, empirically speaking) for his work since 1956. In his teens, he began to photograph the drama of city life, ranging from the teeming markets

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Daesung Lee – Futuristic Archeology feat

Daesung Lee’s photography – 75% of Mongolia might turn into a desert

Daesung Lee’s Futuristic Archeology project deals with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Although Mongolia has seen increasing modernization and urbanization in recent decades, approximately 35% of Mongolians still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle, thus depending on the vast land and their relationship with the land to survive. Mongolia’s land can barely be used for farming.

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Zhang Xiaogang: China’s most important painter & his Bloodlines series

Zhang Xiaogang is a Chinese surrealist and symbolist painter. He is most famous for his Bloodline series, a body of work characterized by predominantly monochromatic portraits of Chinese people. His wide-eyed subjects featured in his stylized portraits of Chinese people are posed stiff and upright, deliberately reminiscent of family portraits from the 1950s and 1960s. Early childhood

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Richard Mosse’s Enclave in Congo – Dreamlike & disturbing

In his work across eastern Congo, Richard Mosse focused on capturing the disturbing images of rebel groups fighting as they move from one place to another. The work displays the devastation brought about by the war, such as massacres, refugees, and systematic sexual violence. The entire journey across the country took four years – from

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Christopher Morris: How the New York Subway looked in the 1980s

22-years-old at the time, Christopher Morris was working as an intern at the photo agency Black Star and was determined to make something of himself as a photographer. According to the agency, the recently rediscovered photographs “provide a window on a long-gone New York, a metropolis that once pulsed with a very different energy—a frenetic

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Cao Fei’s Cosplayers & the power of costumes

Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei’s 2004 work explores the imagined identities of cosplayers, young people who dress up like game characters, and how they interact with the real world. A costume bestows magical powers upon the wearer of these individuals, rendering their person more special and enabling them to transcend their mundane reality. These are

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Alec Soth’s Broken Manual – Somewhere to Disappear

Broken Manual by photographer Alec Soth is a compelling series that was created over a four-year period, from 2006-2010. They reflect Soth’s increasing interest in the mounting anger and frustration that some—specifically male—Americans feel with societal constraints and their subsequent desire to remove themselves from civilization. The resulting work is a group of portraits of

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