Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Going beyond flattery, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
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Keith Carter: 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,…after having his own daguerreotype, think about it.…It's at a time when nobody has been photographed.…There is not even the word photography yet.…They are practitioners.…
That's what they call themselves.…The exposures are long.…It's a warping chore to make, and you're dealing with mercury fumes and…respiratory problems, and it's still magic.…The world has never seen an image like that.…Emerson has his own daguerreotype made and he wrote, "Were you ever…daguerreotyped, oh mortal man, and did you look with all vigor at the lens of…the camera to give the picture the full benefit of your expanded and flashing eye?…Chris Orwig: Keith is one of those rare individuals who is humble, down to earth,…understated, yet full of so much wisdom.…
At the end of our conversation, he brought up Emerson, and he talked about this…
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.