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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful U.S. portrait photography, June 25, 2010
This review is from: Pictures from a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture (Paperback)
I found this book in our local library (new books shelf): These are mostly single mugshots (almost all from the front). They may have been done by other inmates and they go back at least to the 1930's U.S.. What I find attractive in this book is the diversity of the shots from such earlier times; I realize that Walker Evans and others have captured the faces of suffering throughout the ages in the U.S. But the black faces were missing; this is a book that treats everybody equally and it is about a third white, a third black, and a third woman. Further, the people standing before the camera were looking into a different destiny than a sharecropper, a rural doctor, etc. i.e., there is an innocence (even in the face of a convict) that one may not have before a professional photographer.

If you also practice drawing portraits; this is truly a beautiful book.
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