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Shooting a Photograph of Someone Vs. Taking Someone's Portrait

There's a difference between merely taking a photo of someone and making a great portrait. The first shows a person, the second tells something about a person. This article contains one hundred photos of the latter.

We recommend clicking show all photos, letting them load, opening the song Photographs by James Murphy in a new tab and scrolling through all photos.

How did we make this selection? We pulled out all photos containing phrases like great portrait, nice portrait and similar in the comments, went through them and handpicked one hundred. Let us know what you think of these photos, tell us some stories about your experience of taking portraits of friends and strangers and link them in the comments.

written by recurving

54 comments

  1. lighttomysoul

    lighttomysoul

    excellent selection. some of these are pure magic.

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  2. eremigi

    eremigi

    Agreed: absolutely outstanding selection. And ore or two are amazing.

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  3. kernow_and_cambria

    kernow_and_cambria

    Cool selection! Heres my own favourite http://www.lomograph(…)tos/6020137

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  4. tattso

    tattso

    fantastic!

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  5. adambradc

    adambradc

    Amazing photos a split second in time says so very much - well done on a great collection

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  6. arabrab

    arabrab

    taking portraits of strangers is a lot of fun, but also kind if scary! this is a project I did in art school http://www.lomograph(…)nts-in-life

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  7. u-t-e

    u-t-e

    Wow! A great selection! And I love that song, a beautiful combination: Lovely music and extraordinary portraits!
    Thanks!

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  8. whitemikerocks

    whitemikerocks

    I feel like i know these people! great portraits! great song!

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  9. disdis

    disdis

    nice portrait gallery!

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  10. pulex

    pulex

    great selection....some of them are pretty stunning...and sometimes i felt like they are looking at me...

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  11. pushkar

    pushkar

    awesome work

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  12. discodrew

    discodrew

    Here's my favorite. he he :-) http://www.lomograph(…)os/12976731

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  13. dabai

    dabai

    some of the portraits are really awesome. great selection!

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  14. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    wow...wow....and wow

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  15. dirklancer

    dirklancer

    here's a shameless plug of my favorite: http://www.lomograph(…)os/11683301

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  16. recurving

    recurving

    It's not shameless if the photo's great! :) Like it!

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  17. grazie

    grazie

    amazing selection and i love them all! a personal favorite portrait lately would be http://www.lomograph(…)os/12779551

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  18. angela_silva

    angela_silva

    amazzzzing!
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  19. jcgepte

    jcgepte

    excellent! my fave feature so far. =)

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  20. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    it's so hard to make a real good portrait! this selection is great!

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  21. squamy

    squamy

    Such an amazing gallery!!

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  22. gering

    gering

    Absolutely amazing.
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  23. paramir

    paramir

    wonderful selection.

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  24. asaieva

    asaieva

    Beautiful selection. I enjoyed every minute of that :)

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  25. kamalfaiz91

    kamalfaiz91

    speechless when look through the pictures. awesome man!

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  26. eatclicklove

    eatclicklove

    very cool

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  27. b0rn2b1ush

    b0rn2b1ush

    great stuff!

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  28. ali55

    ali55

    awesome collection :) Thank you for selecting one of mine :)

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  29. nock

    nock

    amazing! trully amazing!

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  30. vicuna

    vicuna

    excellent selection!

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  31. onegreenfan

    onegreenfan

    goes to show how some parts of a person is captured on film. And the amazing light display on film.And how some kind of connection between subject and clicker.
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  32. superlighter

    superlighter

    great portraits collection and I'm glad to be in with one of my friend Alessandra portraits. http://cloud.lomogra(…)ddf00ed.jpg

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  33. richidearthworm

    richidearthworm

    Epic collection meow meow woof

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  34. nerobi

    nerobi

    <3 the last photo! awesome collection!
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  35. riette

    riette

    Absolutely amazing. This collection seems to really capture the essence of these beautiful people.
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  36. domemerson

    domemerson

    Amazing portrait gallery. I just loved all of them

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  37. albon13

    albon13

    AMAZING

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  38. albon13

    albon13

    AMAZING

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  39. hannahbryant_

    hannahbryant_

    Beautiful selection of images.
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  40. galvao

    Here's my first ever portrait. This guy is all about positive vibes. Was taken during a surf contest. http://www.lomography.com/homes/galvao/photos/12428614
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  41. paperplanepilot

    paperplanepilot

    <3

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  42. lageos

    lageos

    Love this article! :-)

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  43. sage495

    sage495

    I took this of my mom one day, and I think it embodies the word portrait
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/11886918

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  44. renenob

    renenob

    18, 36, 81 are my faves!

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  45. blormore

    blormore

    Great selections!

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  46. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    awesome portraits! :D

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  47. nock

    nock

    god put a smile uppon your face from coldplay is a great song to hear while you look at this portraits :)

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  48. maxpinckers

    maxpinckers

    I think the definition of a portrait contains a little more complexity than the description written above. What about the relationship between photographer and photographed? Isn't that what a portrait should be about? Many pictures in this gallery seem to be merely nicely framed heads, nothing more...

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  49. recurving

    recurving

    @maxpinckers interesting point! the description above is just my take on this subject. to me the relationship between photographer and photographed is not that important (because half the time how should i find out just by looking at the photo), i care more about if i think the photo itself tells me something about the person. but as said: this is just my opinion. how do others feel about this?

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  50. bigphilly808

    bigphilly808

    great article...great photos & a great song to tie it all together!!

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  51. maxpinckers

    maxpinckers

    @recurving I don't think a portrait will ever really tell you something about a person. The only thing it tells you is how the photographer attempts to perceive the sitter and how the sitter reacts to this. Or maybe what touches you is the relationship to what you see in the image that mirrors back to yourself. That's why good portraits or images that deal with this theme are uncommon. I guess it depends on your own definition of what a portrait should be.

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  52. fahlavy

    fahlavy

    awesome collection. =) awesome article., =)
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  53. stinklecheeks

    stinklecheeks

    I like the one where the lens cap is covering the girl's nip!! It's funny.

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  54. eightmiles

    eightmiles

    wow!!!!!!!!!!how i wish i could own 1 now...nice photo...cheerz all

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