Just as Robert Mapplethorpe was inspired by an earlier generation of portrait photographers, we hope you are inspired by the works in this exhibition. This studio is set up for you to consider the choices photographers make and create a portrait for yourself. The essential tools are provided for you to play and experiment. Choose a backdrop, turn the lights on or off, work with your subject to determine how he or she will be represented, compose your image, and capture the moment with the camera provided or use your own.
A portrait does more than capture a likeness: it offers a glimpse into the individuality of the sitter. The photographer makes a series of formal choices (lighting, background, composition, black-and-white or color) as well as emotional and aesthetic choices (gesture, posture) to portray the subject. Is the image formal, designed to flatter? Or a paparazzi snapshot intended to disarm and discredit? Portraiture is a collaboration between the photographer and the sitter, melding intention with performance in order to create a persona or expose a truth.
SJMA Portraits Group Pool on Flickr
Share Your Portrait
Use your own camera to take a portrait and share it with your friends.
See Your PortraitFlickr
- See all SJMA Portraits in the Museum's Flickr photo set.
- Add your picture to the SJMA Portraits Group Pool.
- Find for your portrait by date.
- Post your picture on the Museum's Facebook wall.
- Find your portrait on the Museum's Facebook photo albums, tag yourself, and share it with your friends.
Portraits taken on the camera provided by the San Jose Museum of Art may be uploaded to www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org and the Museum’s Facebook and Flickr pages.