Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Studio Portrait Research - Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter Portraits of Children's Writers

One of the first books I found that linked to portraiture was, Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter Portraits of Children's Writers by Julia Eccleshare.

On page 41, I looked at a photograph that looked to be the stereotypical portrait photograph. The photograph shows an old man wearing a hat and glasses. I don't really like the framing of the photograph, this was because the hat runs out of the frame. Below the photograph is the name of the man, Arthur Ransome, 1884 - 1967. The photographer that captured the photograph was, Howard Coster, 1932. It's a modern print from an original negative 493 x 366mm and featured in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG x12267).

Arthur Michell Ransome (1884-1967), Journalist and author.

Also, another portrait photograph I looked at in the book was on page 67, the photographer is unknown, but was captured 1950s. The photograph is sepia toned bromide print, 230x180mm and is from a private collection.The photograph was of English children's author, Mary Norton, and wrote the book which became the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the Borrowers series which The Secret World of Arrietty is based on. The photograph reminds me of David Bailey's style, I would say this photograph is like an un-glamorised version to Bailey's. The photograph doesn't really look in focus, but I like the way the lighting has been used when capturing this photograph.

Mary Norton (1903-92)

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