October 7, 2008

Group portrait number one.  I’m sure this has been done before; in fact, I got the idea from a Boards of Canada album cover.  But it’s fun!  It’s art therapy.

Since even before the invention of photography, probably, there’s been a tension in “portraiture” between the portrait as a sort of vehicle for the particularity of the subject and as a kind of archive of the public/iconographic.  A lot of this particularity is located in the presumably unrepeatable face, while a lot of the social is located in everything around the face: clothing, environment, editorial decisions, etc.  I’m a lot more interested in the dressing than the face, though, because ultimately the social is more interesting to me than the psychological.


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