Thursday, November 21, 2013

Six years after, and nothing has changed

Thomas Ruff, Portrait (S. Weirauch), 1988
Two articles six-years apart talk about the same thing: people in contemporary photography don't smile, they just present a blank stare to the camera, often standing up doing nothing, in a slightly uncomfortable and somehow passive pose. Nothing changed in between? Is sadness still the best way to make portraiture a valuable candidate to decorate the collector's walls?

Here's looking at you. Engaging yet ambiguous, deadpan photography provides a refuge from emotion in a time of worry, The Boston Globe, November 4, 2007.

Don’t Say Cheese: Why Do the People in Contemporary Art Photographs Look So Blank? Feature Shoot, November 14, 2013.

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