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Heidi Schwartz

Internet Director

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Portraits With Punch

Louise Brooks (1929) by Eugene Robert Richee

I don't even remember how old I was when I first saw this portrait, but it was in a book I had as a kid-a book with a title somewhere along the lines of Hollywood Glamor Portraits. While there were tons of amazing Hollywood portraits in there from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, this one ALWAYS stuck with me; it made me feel something.


Subject unknown, by William Eggleston

Again, this portrait makes me FEEL something about more than just the person; it takes me to a different time and place, much like the B&W photo of Louise Brooks.

Frida Kahlo (1935), by Lucienne Bloch

This not only makes me feel something, it surprises me--in a good way.

Migrant Mother (1936) by Dorothea Lange

This portrait also makes me feel something--but sadness rather than surprise or joy or awe.

After reviewing these selections, I can conclude that I am attracted to B&W portraits of women.

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