Portrait Photography

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Portrait photography stems from the roots of the invention of photography itself. With the creation of the daguerreotype camera in 1839, people began replacing the technique of painted portraits with this new and more efficient photographic process. Since then, technology has advanced exponentially, and so have the ideas of portraiture. Artists have been interested in the ways in which they capture and express their subject through a photograph. This has prompted experimentation with setting, style, and printing processes. The importance of the artist’s subjective choices demonstrates how the fundamentals of portraiture have indeed changed since the daguerreotype. Modern photographic portraiture is much less about the objective portrayal of the subject than it is about the vision of the artist.