The young man in the photograph above, captured in 1918 by Lewis Hine in New York is so powerful.  It was the main reason why I bought this book a few years ago, and I think you can see how this image has directly influenced some of my more recent portraits.   

The Theatre of the Face, Portrait Photography Since 1900 





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  1. Giada's Carnival

    January 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I love these old photos….they talk about a world that doesn’t exist anymore…

  2. Très Awesome

    January 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you for the reco. Sometimes I get so busy with my own work and photography I forget how important it is to learn from what’s been done. DEFINITELY going to check this out.

    Très Awesome – Chicago Street Style

  3. Bohemian Style

    January 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    What a magnificent image. Reminds me of my grandfather.

  4. Rocking Zebra

    January 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    The little girl behind the window is so cute! I love the photo <3

  5. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    January 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Powerful stuff.

  6. Theresa

    January 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    The first photo–such a story behind the eyes. Perfect headshot from an actor’s perspective…

  7. Jacky

    January 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Scott! Another amazing pic like always!!!!

  8. bambi

    January 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  9. accindentallyblogger

    January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    amazing photos…. I love black and white photos :)

  10. irene

    January 31, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  11. Hope

    January 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    A perfect title for a book of profoundly magical portraits!

  12. Stylosophism

    January 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    these vintage pictures are so powerful

  13. [email protected]

    January 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    This is wonderful. Thanks for the referral – I’ll definitely add it to my book list.

    The Styleseer

  14. Scott

    January 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Brilliant photos. I alway look to photos that move me for inpiration for my own shots.

    West of the Sun

  15. FashionUm

    January 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This photo is worth much more than any word…
    Show Your Outfit !

  16. Ali

    January 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I feel in love with Lewis Hine’s photos as a teenager. They tell such a story of struggle…perhaps one notable difference between your work! :)

  17. Leira Zetroc

    January 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, amazing expression and those eyes! Just the way they seem to be looking at you is incredible.

  18. Sarah

    January 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    So…as a grad student studying to be photography historian, I adore photo books, I definitely have to check this one out!

    Also, I have to recommend the Andre Kertesz catalog from the show at the Jeu de Paume last year, the show was absolutely gorgeous and I think that the book really holds up to such an emotional exhibition.

    The other book that’s been on my mind is Terry Bennett’s Photography In Japan, he’s a collector whose especially interested in 19th century work and the photographs are breathtakingly beautiful. No one could do painted Albumen prints quite like the Japanese…

  19. Charlotte Wilder

    January 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Lewis Hine is incredible. I studied him in depth in college-what he did for child labor laws with his camera and his eye is beyond inspiring. Thanks for posting this–haunting.

  20. William Makolle

    February 1, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Such a strong and emotional picture!

  21. Simone

    February 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Un ritratto veramente intenso.

  22. Johnny

    February 1, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Really interesting. Didn’t know about Lewis Hine, guess I will have some study to do!

  23. Sunny Side

    February 1, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Happy to discover this photographer !

  24. Boxer's Adventures

    February 1, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Loveee the vintage.
    International Blog and Shop

    Xoxo, Natalie

  25. Dale

    February 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    this is great. I love Lewis Hine, love the feature.

  26. anonymous

    February 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    There’s such pain in the first photo, his eyes, etched on his face.

  27. Val

    February 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I never get tired of looking at people’s faces. There is always something to find there.

  28. Steph

    February 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    You’re absolutely right. That top photo is so alluring, it just draws you in.


  29. ms jane

    February 2, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Really amazing image. I couldn’t stop looking at him xxx

  30. Grant

    February 2, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Thanks for posting! Lewis Hine is one of the giants of photography. His images were not only beautiful but helped bring about social change in American.

  31. Taj

    February 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    a sublte mix of innocence, pain, of other-wordly wise…

  32. irene

    February 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    what a look!i was first shocked by his look and then wished i’d be there to sketch/paint the moment:).

  33. Izael Garrido

    April 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm


  34. Ron

    April 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    great list of portrait photographers, please add arnold newman

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