The Portrait Project

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”Elliott Erwitt

Image by Nan Goldin


Images by Martin Schoeller

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The Portrait Project: Students will be able to use a digital or analog device, such as a cell phone, camera, or iPad, to create and edit an image, or series of images, that communicate a specific idea, individual style, and interesting graphic portrait of a subject(s). 

Tips: Choose a topic you feel excited and passionate about. Choose a person you feel works well with your theme / artisitic concept and who is able and willing to be photographed. Portraits are collaborative. Preproduction and research are key. Challenge yourself to see your subject from different angles, lighting situations, and backgrounds.

Time Frame Estimate: 2-4 weeks

Students will be required to;

Link to Photo Project Rubric

Video links:

Articles on portraiture:

Contemporary Portrait PhotographersLink to additional artists

Photo Project Rubricbased on New York State Learning Standards for the Arts

Advanced Accomplished Proficient Incomplete
-Exceeded all requirements.  -Met all or most requirements. -Met some requirements.  -Did not meet requirements.

Extra – Extra Credit 

  • Feeling ambitious! Create a 5 minute video using Screencast-o-matic  and then share it on Vimeo. Include your final image(s), in the order you wish viewers to see them, with a detailed description of each.  You may read your artist statement aloud, speak slowly and clearly.

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