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You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
William Butler Yeats
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso.
I feel like vocals are to music what portraits are to painting. They're the humanity. Landscapes are good and fine, but at the end of the day everyone loves the Mona Lisa.
When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music, I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.
A person himself believes that all the other portraits are good likenesses except the one of himself.
If I was in love with someone, I would get their picture out of the school yearbook and do portraits. If I was curious about sex, I would draw pictures of it. There were no books for me to look at. Then I would go find my father's matches to burn the paper.
I still find doing portraits a terrific challenge, but even though I've done hundreds of them, I've never stopped questioning the very nature of portraiture because it deals exclusively with appearances. I've never believed people are what they look like and think it's impossible to really know what people are.
Your aim as a photographer is to get a picture of that person that means something. Portraits aren't fantasies; they need to tell a truth.
You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.
Many billboards and magazine ads have resorted to showing isolated body parts rather than full-body portraits of models using or wearing products. This style of photography, known in the industry as abstract representation, allows the viewer to see himself in the advertisement, rather than the model.
There is nothing that special to see when looking at me. I'm a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits.
People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.
I think I was driven to paint portraits to commit images of friends and family to memory. I have face blindness, and once a face is flattened out, I can remember it better.
I really like doing portraits, but I like taking pictures of things that are natural, like scenery, too.
Georgia May Jagger
I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
What we know about Cleopatra's looks is based purely on her coin portraits. Engraving was imperfect, and that when you are a ruler and you ask for a coin to be engraved with your likeness on it, you are probably trying to project a certain air of authority.
I collect old portraits. They're all just interesting pictures of people, and you just kind of wonder who they were and what they were. There's a guy - I don't know who he is, but he's wearing a suit. He's got his arms folded, and he looks like he sold insurance or something. I'm just wondering why someone painted him.
I didn't try and do fashion pictures. I tried to do portraits of girls wearing dresses.
I am drawn to intimate, often uncomfortable portraits of a woman persevering and awakening.
'Painting like a child' isn't a negative for me... it's something only great artists can really achieve. The childlike quality of some of Picasso's drawings is precisely what makes them so masterful and extraordinary; the ability to express complete visions, feelings and portraits through a continuous line.
I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another. In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things. I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove me to portraits in the first place.
When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire, it's for money.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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Francis of Assisi
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