But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid.…
Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Portrait axiom: Every portrait has the face of its painter.
The picture is a portrait painted by the sun.
When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.
The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.
Henri Cartier Bresson
In the business of portrait photography, one must combine the artist and the craftsman.
Louis Fabian Bachrach
There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
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