Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Concluding thoughts, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
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Chris Orwig: There is this great anecdote of how Herman Leonard was working for Yousuf Karsh.…And eventually, Herman Leonard was getting good, and Yousuf realized that it was…time for him to kind of push him out of the nest so to speak.…So his parting words to him were "Herman, go out and tell the truth, but do…so in beauty."…And so the question is, here we've had a chance to sit down, talk with you, learn…from you, and now we're on our way. What's message or words or profound thought…would you pass on?…Keith Carter: You're asking me on the spot for a profound thought.…
Chris: I am. I am calling it out, because you are so profound. Let's see what you've got Keith.…Keith: Well, I would borrow from my street poet friend Rock Your Ass Off, and then I would…probably pick a wonderful thing that Emerson once said after having his own…daguerreotype made, because it embodies a lot of what I love about the medium of photography.…
And I would say, write this down, and read it, and think about it, and that is,…
In this installment, Chris travels to Texas to visit with Keith Carter, a fine art photographer and teacher, and has a conversation with Keith about his work, outlook on art and photography, and suggestion that photographers commit at least two years to a personal project.
The course continues with a pair of portrait shoots. Keith photographs Chris and describes his process and creative decisions along the way. Then the cameras are swapped and Chris creates a portrait of Keith.
Finally, Chris reviews the photography he took, and discusses the gear he used and the lessons he learned while visiting with and photographing Keith.