Portraiture Through the Lens

This exhibition is an example of photographic processes through a specific theme: portraiture. The desire to represent the human form has always existed. Whether through the medium of painting or sculpture, the concept that a portrait could represent both the likeness and character of its subject has motivated artists throughout time.

Photography is the result of combining several different technologies invented over many years. These technologies continue to evolve to this day. As photographic equipment becomes more diverse, the ability to make variations of portraits gives photographers more freedom and creativity.


Today, it is almost impossible to image a time before photography existed. The invention of photography brought together optics, chemistry and technology, allowing people to see the world in a dramatically new way. A photograph became a way of communicating information about other people, places, and cultures. Photography provided new and exciting ways to see what was once visually unknown.


The photograph allowed a new way of looking at ourselves. With the invention of the camera, photography became an essential tool in recording human behavior, customs, and lifestyles. A portrait is a story filled with clues and ideas about who a person is, what their status in society is, and sometimes even, a reflection of their self-worth.


From cave paintings, to sculptures and oil-on-canvas, artists have long been drawn to creating self-portraits. Self-portraits may reveal not only psychological features of a person, but also their relationships with another person.

Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a donation from PhotoWings.