Masters & Mirrors

2012-05-08 9

Don’t you sometimes wonder who checks a dentist’s teeth, gives a masseuse a massage, and takes a photographer’s photo? Well, my last conundrum is answered by these black and white self-portraits of masters in mirrors, highlighting a photographer’s self-reliance, creativity, and even equipment.

It’s not always easy to associate a photographer’s face with his name as most would rather stay behind the lens than in front of it. So it’s remarkable to see the masters of photography documenting themselves in their element.

Marianne Breslauer, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, Man Ray, Lisette Model, and Weegee. Photos via flavorwire

Besides putting a face to a name, it’s great to see the type of camera a photographer chooses to shoot with. Can you identify them?

Sally Mann, Willy Ronis, Ilse Bing, Robert Doisneau, and Vivian Maier. Photos via flavorwire

Even more interesting is the level of intimacy in these self-portraits. Some liked to shoot in solitary confinement while others have included another character in the frame.

Helmut Newton, Stanley Kubrick, Eve Arnold, Ed van der Elsken and Frank Horvat. Photos via flavorwire

Why don’t you show us your best black and white self-portraits in mirrors in a Super Selfies submission? :-)

Learn from the most notable names in photography. Follow the American Masters and Lessons from Photography Masters series.

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written by denisesanjose on 2012-05-08 #master #robert-doisneau #man-ray #sally-mann #analogue-photography #lee-friedlander #american-masters-series #marianne-breslauer #photographer #lifestyle #black-and-white #lessons-from-photography-masters #weegee #ilse-bing #portraits #vivian-maier #lisette-model #self-portrait #editorial-series #vintage #willy-ronis #diane-arbus


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    so many cameras ohhh man

  2. sweetoblivion
    sweetoblivion ·

    Love this! More, please :)

  3. begutierrez
    begutierrez ·

    I can't resist a mirror either.

  4. kathepalacio
    kathepalacio ·

  5. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    really nice compilation!

  6. cfib
    cfib ·

    Profile pictures before there were profiles^^

  7. denisesanjose
    denisesanjose ·

    @cfib Haha I know! Their Facebook/myspace/Twitter profile photos ;-)

  8. adash
    adash ·

    Such a cool collection of creative and beautiful photos! Cool to see and even cooler that you shared it with us!

  9. melwyn
    melwyn ·

    Oh I love this so much. And what a time they lived in..

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