Fayum Mummy Portraits (100 BC – 300 AD)

October 29th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

Official World Cup Portraits

June 15th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

When I first saw most of these, I thought ‘wow, they’re shit’. With poor lighting, awkward poses, embarrassing faux enthusiasm, or faux seriousness. But as I look a bit more, I quite like the informal aesthetic – they lool like young men caught outside a club to have their photo taken for the nightclub website. The flash is intrusive, their skin is blemished, their poses are the result of doing what they think they should. The bold background colours work well, allowing the strips to standout without distraction. The others without the bold colour, and the black and white ones particularly, don’t work as well. I guess the shoot was done pretty quickly, and therefore they are quite unguarded, and look like non-models, natural, goofy, uncomfortable – which makes a change from advertising photos, and footballers own informal instagram images. They are taken by a number of different photographers for Getty Images. Anyway, they still all tend to end up in one of a few categories, which I am defining as:

ODD/AWKWARD

CLENCHED FISTS/ROAR

KEEPERS

GOOD

BALLS

MOODY

There are others (Finger Point, Badge grab/kiss, distant look, tattoo point etc) and obviously some overlap between categories, but you can have a look yourself – https://www.fifa.com/photos/galleries/index.html.

ODD/AWKWARD

CLENCHED FISTS/ROAR

KEEPERS

GOOD

BALLS

MOODY

Rudolf Swoboda – Portraits from India (1886-1888)

February 7th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

These are all around 8 inches tall – click on the images to zoom in

Ala Yar

Atur Singh

Babu Shivanand Puri

Bahar Shah

Barikh Khan

Georgina Manan

Gluzar

Golchan Khan

Hassan Khan

Khazan Singh

Miran

Radha Bullabh

Ramlal

Samdu Radschba

Sappi

Sarup Singh

Shanker Girr

Sher Muhammad

Surdenad Manerdin

Warseli

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