Lens-based Art

"Power of portraits"

Earlier this year, Lens-Based Arts students studied portraiture. They discussed various definitions of portraiture and investigated the genre’s historical development, taking photographers including Hiroji Kubota, Cindy Sherman, Richard Avedon and Vivian Maier as examples of artists who challenged conventional portrait-making. They were then asked to make portraits on the King’s campus. Taking advantage of the geometric precision, emphasis on light and abstract power that the black-and-white format affords, they rose to the occasion. All shooting was undertaken during two blocks. As you will see below, the final shots, which comprise a wide variety of compositions and moods, depict King’s students, faculty, and staff members. Check out the power of portraiture below, and ask yourself — what’s in a portrait?