July 2013 Insight

by Jacqueline Tobin

July 01, 2013

In WPPI Director Jason Groupp’s column this month (page 34), he talks about the definition of a portrait, both in the literal sense and in terms of its evolution over the decades.  Groupp talks about how a portrait is much more than just a face looking at the camera.

Take, for example, this month’s cover image by Jerry Ghionis—a graphic, vibrant capture that is part fashion, part environmental and part fine art. The idea of a portrait has so many interpretations and options, including the styles we present in our Portrait Issue this month.

We give you Martin Usborne’s pet project, “The Silence of Dogs in Cars” (pg. 64); Justine Ungaro’s black-and-white lifestyle family shoots (pg.72); and Jennifer Rozenbaum’s stripped-down boudoir portraits (pg. 86). We also highlight three photographers, including famed lensman Martin Parr, who set up portable portrait studios to capture different personalities and cultures in different locations across the world (pg. 56). Tech writer Theano Nikitas rounds up various photographers’ Favorite Portrait Lenses (pg.92); corporate photographer David Tejada explains how small strobes can equal big results (pg. 78); and Kenny Kim breaks up all the learning with a fun, bright and beautiful photo essay of a wedding he shot using his iPhone (pg.50). If you want to find out how Jerry Ghionis’ own wedding redefined the way he shoots subjects, check out Part II (Part I ran last month) of his self-reflective narrative (pg.44). And don’t forget to take a look at the winning entries from our Best Friends Contest—adorable pet portraits abound (pg. 100).

Check out the digital edition here!



Photographer: Jerry Ghionis
Lens: 28mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
White Balance: Daylight
Location:  Plaza de Toros de Aranjuez, Spain
Comments: “On a recent trip to Spain for a seminar, I set some time aside to do a personal shoot.  I had a dream about photographing in a bull fighting ring and I was fortunate enough to gain access to the oldest active bullring in Spain (built in 1797) thanks to some local photographers who helped me out. In addition to shooting an editorial-type story, I also took advantage of my surroundings and did a fashion portrait shoot in the same location.  This was one of my favorite images from that day.”

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